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Week 7: Assignment: Prosocial Behavior

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Week 7 Exercise: Prosocial Behavior

Much of what we tend to focus on when we study social psychology are topics that often have a negative connotation such as conformity, prejudice, aggression or obedience. A huge component of the study of social psychology; however, focuses on prosocial behavior – behaviors that focus on compassion and helping others. For this activity, you will focus on this more uplifting aspect of social psychology. Topics that fall under the area of prosocial behavior include altruism, helping, bystander intervention, empathy, and compassion, among others.

For this exercise, pick one day and seek to structure your thoughts and behaviors entirely around helping others. With each interaction or action you take, pause to think and ask yourself “is there a way I might help another here?” Hold a door for someone, offer your seat, share a smile, give a sincere compliment, show empathy to another, attempt to be more patient or understanding, etc. Your efforts should be in social settings that involve interactions with others (rather than something such as donating to a charity for instance). The goal is to be as thoughtfully prosocial in your interactions throughout the day as possible.

· At the beginning of the day, jot down your general mood, feelings, attitude, etc.

· Then throughout the day, whenever possible, carry a small notebook with you or make notes in an app on your phone to jot down meaningful encounters or experiences as you attempt to engage in prosocial behaviors.

· At the end of the day, again reflect and take notes on how you feel, your general mood, feelings and attitudes, etc.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are unable to engage in prosocial behavior outside of your home due to COVID-19 restrictions/precautions, you are encouraged to engage in such behaviors with your family/people with whom you are sheltering.  You may also engage in prosocial behavior with others virtually or through other means (e.g., through video calls, emails, etc…).  This assignment will be more meaningful if you are able to engage in-person with acquaintances or strangers, but you can still find ways to make a significant difference to others even if quarantined or sheltering in place.

In a 5-7 slide PowerPoint presentation, not counting title or reference slides:

· Summarize your experience. Describe the prosocial behaviors you engaged in, others’ reactions to these behaviors, and your assessment of any changes in mood, attitude, good fortune, or anything else of note you experienced.

· Review what you have learned about human behavior in social settings this week in your readings. Connect what you learned or experienced through your day of conscious, prosocial behavior with the terms, concepts, and theories from your research. Integrate at least two academic sources (your assigned readings/resources can comprise one of these sources), citing any references used in APA format.

· Describe any new insights you gained through this experience about your interactions with others on a daily basis, including any behaviors you wish to change or to continue.

· Use the features of PowerPoint to your advantage to communicate your ideas – include pictures, audio recorded narration, speaker’s notes, video, links, etc. as appropriate to enhance your ideas.

· Include an APA formatted title slide and reference slide. APA components such as an abstract, headings, etc. are not required since this is a PowerPoint presentation.

Submit your presentation as an attachment in the Week 7 Assignment Prosocial Behavior link in the Assignments area of the classroom no later than 11:55 pm EST Sunday of Week 7.

Due Date  
Feb 21, 2021 11:59 PM

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Rubric Name: PSYC101 Week 7 Assign. Rubric: Prosocial Behavior

This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.Criteria

Exemplary

Accomplished

Developing

Beginning

Did not attempt

Criterion Score

Description of Behaviors and Impact

33 points

Student provides a detailed, insightful description of prosocial behavior, reactions and impact on others.

28.05 points

Student provides a complete description of prosocial behavior, reactions and impact on others.

24.75 points

Student provides a marginal description of prosocial behavior, reactions and impact on others.

21.45 points

Student attempts to provide a description of prosocial behavior, reactions and impact on others but description does not demonstrate an understanding of the concepts.

0 points

Student does not describe prosocial behavior, reactions or impact on others.

/ 33

Connection to Theory

33 points

Student provides an accurate, thorough description of the connections between experiences and relevant psychological theory using many examples from the literature.

28.05 points

Student provides a mostly accurate description of the connections between experiences and relevant psychological theory using at least two examples from the literature.

24.75 points

Student provides a marginal description of the connections between experiences and relevant psychological theory using at least one example from the literature.

21.45 points

Student attempts to provide a description of the connections between experiences and relevant psychological theory but does not use examples from the literature for support.

0 points

Student does not provide a description of the connections between experiences and relevant psychological theory.

/ 33

Behavioral Insights

14 points

Student provides an insightful discussion of how the information gleaned will impact future behaviors.

11.9 points

Student provides a discussion of how the information gleaned will impact future behaviors.

10.5 points

Student provides a marginal discussion of how the information gleaned will impact future behaviors.

9.1 points

Student attempts to provide a discussion of how the information gleaned will impact future behaviors, but discussion does not demonstrate an understanding of the concepts.

0 points

Student does not provide a discussion of how the information gleaned will impact future behaviors.

/ 14

Formatting/Writing

20 points

Work is presented in a logical and coherent way. Writing is clear, articulate, and error free. Citations are composed in proper format with few or no errors. Powerpoint is engaging and visually effective.

17 points

Work is grammatically sound with a few minor errors. Citations are composed in the proper format with some errors. Powerpoint is used effectively.

15 points

Work contains frequent grammatical errors. Citations are inaccurate or improperly formatted. Presentation is somewhat hard to follow and/or does not make effective use of common features (images, bullet points, speaker’s notes, etc.).

13 points

Writing errors are so prevalent as to interfere with understanding of the content. Presentation is confusing, hard to read, and difficult to follow.

0 points

Work does not demonstrate appropriate undergraduate level writing. Presentation is not included.

/ 20

Rubric Total ScoreTotal

/ 100

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