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Case Studies for Teaching Social Psychology

Case Studies for Teaching Social Psychology
Critical Thinking and Application

Second Edition

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Social Psychology

January 2021 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

What captivates learners and interests them in studying social psychology? In Case Studies for Teaching Social Psychology, Tom Heinzen and Wind Goodfriend use brief, entertaining case stories to further enhance the historical context, evolution of, and challenges to major theories within the field. By employing a mix of unique, contemporary research and hallmark studies to illustrate classic concepts, Heinzen and Goodfriend steer students to explore new, meaningful ways of thinking about and connecting with foundational course concepts. In turn, this approach facilitates engaged conversation and deeper critical thinking both in and outside of the classroom.

Preface: To Students and Their Teachers
Chapter 1: How Do Social Psychologists Think?
To Wear or Not to Wear an Ineffective Mask: That Was the Question During the Coronavirus Pandemic

An Exercise About Sex and Social Interactionism

The Neighs Have It: Testing Theories With Experiments

A Painful Intuition: Bloodletting

Chapter 2: The Social Psychologist’s Toolbox
Crucial Experiments: Who’s Talking Now?

Ethnography: Gang Leader for a Day

Health Detective: The Missing Pump Handle

Witchcraft and False Confessions: Then and Now

Chapter 3: The Social Self
Phineas Gage: The Self With a Hole in His Head

The Changing Self: Identity of Transgender Individuals

The Disappearing Self: Lost Memory

The Pregnant Self: Does My Bump Look Big in This?

Chapter 4: Social Cognition
Intuition in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dual Processing Medical Diagnoses

Girl or Boy? Gender Socialization Begins at Ultrasound

Sexual Scripts and Sexual Regrets

Chapter 5: Person Perception
“Tell Me the Truth—Am I Too Pretty?” Marilyn Monroe and the Halo Effect

From Street Kid to Magician: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Intellectual Bloomers: The Slow Creation of a Classic Study

The Rock in the Coffin: Terror Management Theory

Chapter 6: Attitudes and Persuasion
Cognitive Dissonance, Part I: Prelude to a Theory

Cognitive Dissonance, Part II: The Flying Saucer That Never Came

Understanding Drug Use: The Theory of Planned Behavior

Chapter 7: Social Influence
Obedience Plus: More Data From the Shock Experiments

Mods and Rockers: A Moral Panic

Big Fish Eat Small Fish: Social Coordination in a Violent World

Chapter 8: Group Processes
More Than a Game: The Prisoner’s Dilemma

Interpersonal Rejection: A Case Study of 14 School Shootings

On the Shoulders of Giantesses: The First Computer Programmers

Chapter 9: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Economic Anxiety and the Illegal Deportation of U.S. Citizens

Intersectionality: Sojourner Truth

Environmental Psychology and Institutional Discrimination: What Happened at Erasmus High School?

Footnote 11: After the Doll Studies

Chapter 10: Helping and Prosocial Behavior
The Misunderstood Murder of Kitty Genovese: A Continuing Case Study

Zombie Wasps and Altruistic Vampire Bats

The Bacon Truce: Cooperation Despite War

The Subway Samaritan: The Mathematics of Relative Altruism

Chapter 11: Aggression
Doloreisa’s Story: Aggression, Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking

The Great Train Robbery: Violence as Entertainment

The Cinderella Effect

Chapter 12: Intimate Relationships
Religion and Marriage Counseling

Male Victims of Relationship Abuse

The Influence of Dating Technology

Happily Ever After: Ingredients to a Long, Happy Marriage


Thomas Heinzen

Thomas Heinzen is Professor Emeritus of William Paterson University of New Jersey. He describes his career as “mostly fun” because of the diverse opportunities within social psychology. Most applications have revolved around the social psychology of creativity including: Individual differences among the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Program Assessment for the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Agent orange health statistics for the New York State Commission on Vietnam Veterans  Technology assessment related to distance learning for Public Service Training Program Tractor rollovers for the New York... More About Author

Wind Goodfriend

Wind Goodfriend has been teaching psychology at Buena Vista University, a Midwestern liberal arts school for fifteen years. Wind is a three-time Faculty of the Year award winner. She became Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in 2017. She also serves as the co-director of the trauma advocacy program and volunteers as the chief research officer for the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence. Wind has written 13 book chapters on psychology in pop culture, covering topics including Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, Star Trek, and more. She has developed a wide variety of undergraduate courses including special topics... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781544393520