Social Pshycology

  • Write a paper of approximately 400–600 words (do not exceed word count) that addresses four of the following components:
    • Describe the study in which German judges were asked to make a decision about appropriate sentences for wrong-doers. After reading about the case, judges received either harsh or more lenient recommendations from a journalist, a random roll of the dice, or a seasoned prosecutor. What did the study show? What key heuristic did it powerfully (and worryingly) illustrate? What reason can you give for why the recommendations were so powerful?
    • Describe Asch’s early work on the idea of central traits. Then, discuss how these ideas are related to other research presented on impression formation.
    • Discuss correspondence bias and the actor–observer effect.
    • Explain how self-serving biases can be either beneficial or harmful to individuals.
    • Compare and contrast the self-evaluation maintenance model with social identity theory.
    • Briefly describe cognitive dissonance theory.
    • Discuss the role of learning in attitude formation.
  •  Format your paper using West Writing Style Handbook guidelines.
  • Include a minimum of TWO sources, one is a peer-reviewed study from the University library, and the other your class textbook.
  • Be sure to use proper APA format for the reference page as well as in-text citations.
  • Internet sites are not acceptable for this assignment. 
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