Term Paper Psychology Of Social Behavior

Paper Specifics:

  • 3 pages, double-spaced, (I will stop reading after 3 pages).
  • Times New Roman
  • 12 Pt. Ft.
  • Margins must be 1” on all sides.
  • Any paper that only uses examples that are found in the textbook or were reviewed in lecture will receive zero credit.
  • At least 3 sources (including the textbook) must be cited.
  • Original theorist must be cited.
  • Paper is due in class no later than the first 20 minutes of lecture
  • Paper must be submitted to “turn it in” prior to the due date. (Anything with an originality score higher than 30% will not be graded.)
  • 50 points possible.
  • Deductions will be taken for: not following directions, poor grammar or punctuation, incomplete explanation of theory, irrelevant or unclear examples and plagiarism.

Please follow all instructions carefully.

  1. Choose a social psychological concept from the list of topics we will/have cover/ed this quarter. (posted on blackboard)
  2. Look up the theory in our class textbook and review the concept, locate the original theorist work cited in the reference section of the textbook and find it in the library.
  3. Conduct a database search of psych info/psych articles and locate a recent research study that is related to the theory you have chosen.
  4. Read and review both the original source and the new study.
  5. Write a 3-page literature review that clearly defines that concept as explained by the original theorist and reviews the more recent application.
  6. Review of recent article must include: type of design, procedure and participants, hypotheses and findings.

Social Psych- KEY THEORIES


Social facilitation-Triplett

Attitude/behavior discrepancy LaPiere (Asian couple study)

Auto kinetic effect-Sherif

Social cognition Learning Theory- Bandura

Self-referent effect


Self efficacy

Locus of control

Learned helplessness

Commonsense attributions (Kelly)

Fundamental attribution error

Self serving bias.

Self monitoring- Snyder

Self-fulfilling prophecy- Merton

Teacher expectation effect- Rosenthal

Pygmalion effect

Belief perseverance

Misinformation effect

Counterfactual thinking

Overconfidence bias

Confirmation bias




Illusory thinking

Illusory correlation

Illusion of control

Self-perception theory

Cognitive dissonance theory

Emotional contagion

Foot in the door technique

Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation

Social Dominance Orientation (sidanius)

Obedience to authority

Social contagion

Chameleon effect

Conformity (Asch)

Elements of persuasion

Primacy effect

Recency effect

Social facilitation

Social loafing

Deindividuation- zimbardo


Group polarization

Symbolic Racism

Modern Racism

Social identity theory

Terror Management Theory

Realistic group Conflict- Sherriff

Superordinate goals- Gaertner Dovidio

Just World Phenomenon

Implicit prejudice

racial micro aggressions- Sue

frustration aggression theory

relative deprivation theory

vicarious learning- Bandura


catharsis- Freud

maslows hierarchy of needs

functional distance theory of attraction

spotlight effect

mere exposure effect

reward theory of attraction

equity in relationships

triangle model of love- Sternberg

secure attachment theory


social exchange theory

reciprocity norm

bystander effect

diffusion of responsibility