Part A.
Answer the following questions from social psychology

12. Provide a definition of social psychology and note how it is different from other similar fields.

13. Discuss three ways in which the presence of others can affect the likelihood that people will help someone in need.

14. Describe how the self-concept develops from the perception of one’s own behavior and from comparisons with other people.

15. Characterize modern racism. Describe when it is most, and least, likely to be evident.

Part B.

The exploration this week concerns the issue of violence in the media; the goal is to heighten your awareness of the current patterns of violence on television. Politicians, journalists, various community groups, and many, many others have been criticizing television producers and the television networks with increasing intensity in recent years concerning the amount and degree of violence depicted. Some counter that there is much more violence on the network news than on fictionalized television programs, suggesting that these television programs simply reflect a very violent society. These discussions and assertions rarely include actual data to support anyone’s claims. This exploration, therefore, emphasizes the role of research in this dialogue, and may provide a reality check against some of the claims and accusations that have garnered a lot of attention.

This week, you will watch 30-minutes of ONE of the following three types of programs on a major network: a children’s morning or after-school cartoon, a prime-time program, and the network news. Your task is to watch your selected program carefully and code the various acts of aggression and related incidents. While watching the program, code the content for various scenes of physical or verbal aggression or related issues using the following coding system. In the column, keep track of the number of violent incidents and aggressive acts, both physical and verbal, shown in your program.

Television Program

Physical assaults that involve using a weapon or object

Physical assaults that do not involve a weapon or object

Verbal threats of harm

Insults or derogatory remarks

Violent deaths

Accidents in which someone is hurt

Review your findings and calculate the number of the various incidents for each category of program. Post your results. Are the actual numbers higher or lower than you would have expected? Compare your results with those of your classmates. How does the aggression depicted in the type of program you watched compare with the other types of television programming? What are the implications of your findings?

If your results suggest that there is a great deal of violence on television, this would support the research discussed in the text. If your results suggest the opposite, why do you think this finding is discrepant from those often reported? (i.e., Is TV in the process of changing? Was the sample used in this exercise too small or unrepresentative? Are the reports from groups opposed to TV violence not objective?)

Part C

How would you respond in an emergency? Would you help?

As you know by now, there are many situational variables that influence whether or not a person will offer help in an emergency. This week you will apply your knowledge of helping behavior to analyze a real-life emergency situation. Watch the video “Don’t Get Me Involved” which provides a step-by-step account of the tragic death of a young man; a death which many argue could have been prevented if someone would have simply offered a little help. As you watch the video, pay particular attention to the decision-making processes employed by each potential helper. Using Darley and Latane’s Decision Tree Model of Helping analyze the situation. For each potential helper, identify why no help was given. Be sure to explain using social psychological principles.

This video requires RealPlayer to view; RealPlayer is available via free download. Conduct a web search for “RealPlayer download” to find a free viewer.

If you are unable to view the video, answer the following question:

How can Darley and Latane’s Decision Tree Model of Helping be applied to explain why we typically do not help a stranded motorist on the Interstate? Using this model, under what conditions would we be most likely to help?

There are faxes for this order.