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 Social Influence Paper

View videos about the following famous social psychology experiments: Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, Milgram’s Obedience Study, and Asch’s Conformity Study (websites for each are listed under your required readings for the week).

Based on the videos, this week’s readings , and additional research, write a 1500-2000 word analysis (excluding title page and references) of one of the following historical events:

· Heaven’s Gate Cult

· Jonestown

Identify the sociopsychological environmental influences for your chosen historical event. Focus on the attitudes in response to a seemingly passive environment, being sure to include the effects of mere exposure, implicit attitudes, evaluative conditioning, and direct experience. A minimum of two academic references is required.


Required Resources:

Feenstra, J. (2013). Social Psychology. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-62178-578-1

See attached file

· Chapter 4: Attitudes, Attributions, and Behavior

· Chapter 5: Making Judgments

· Chapter 6: Prejudice

· Chapter 7: Persuasion

· Chapter 8: Conformity and Obedience

· Chapter 9: Groups

· Chapter 11: Prosocial Behavior 

These chapters are attached

Petty, R. E., Wegener, D. T., & Fabrigar, L. R. (1997). Attitudes and attitude change. Annual Review of Psychology, 48, 609-648.

Stanford Prison Experiment: Watch the slide show

Stanford Prison Experiment: This BBC documentary illustrates the famous Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971. The planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, the guards became sadistic and the prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Students are to view this video in its entirety.

  Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiment: .

This video illustrates the famous Milgram experiment. The Milgram experiment was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience. This is an updated version of the original experiment. Students are to view the video “Obedience to Authority_Stanley Milgram Experiment”.

The Asch Experiment: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Watch the video of Asch’s Conformity Experiment. Researchers have long been interested in the degree to which people follow or rebel against social norms. During the 1950s, psychologist Solomon Asch conducted a series of experiments designed to demonstrate the powers of conformity in groups.

Grading Criteria


Content   CriteriaTotal: 4


Paper demonstrates an examination of the   sociopsychological environmental influences for a historical event.


Paper includes a discussion on the   development of attitudes in response to a passive environment.


Paper includes a discussion on the effects   of exposure and influence of attitudes pertaining to the historical event.


Paper includes a discussion of the effects   of the evaluative conditioning and direct experience pertaining to the   historical event.


Writing   and Organization CriteriaTotal:   1


Writing style is clear and concise.


Tone is academic and appropriate for the   content and assignment.


Thesis statement is clearly articulated.


Structure is logical, including an   introduction, body, and conclusion.


Flow is maintained by effective transitions.


Rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling   are followed.


Adherence to APA formatting requirements is   evident.


Research   CriteriaTotal: 2


Sources are credible (preferably   peer-reviewed), varied, relevant, and current (published within past five   years); use of seminal work (e.g. Freud) is encouraged.


Sources inform analysis, evaluation,   problem-solving and decision-making.


Includes required number of   professional/scholarly sources.


Addresses ethical considerations in research   when appropriate.


Style   CriteriaTotal: 1


The paper is in the appropriate APA format   used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).


The paper is double-spaced and in the   appropriate length required by the assignment


The paper includes an APA style cover page.


The paper includes an Abstract that is   formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g.   6th edition).


The paper properly uses headings, font   styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA   Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).


The paper includes an introductory paragraph   with a succinct thesis statement.


The paper addresses the topic of the paper   with critical thought.


The paper concludes with a restatement of   the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.


Citations of original works within the body   of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g.   6th edition) guidelines.


The paper includes a References Page that is   completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual   (e.g. 6th edition).

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