Social Psychology Demonstrations
are a fun way to learn psychology and bring it to your friends and family.
And, as a bonus, you can come back and tell the class what happened!
In pairs, you will be assigned to do one demonstration to try out on
a handful of people (6-8 or so). You will then teach the concept to
the class and report what happened when you tried it out. You will also
write a short paper.
(20 pts): Easy. Create a presentation in PowerPoint (required).
This presentation needs, more than anything, to be CLEAR! It should be
about 5 minutes long (not longer).
the phenomenon (find the info in the text and your primary sources).
what you did, that is, your method (show us your stimulus materials).
what happened - did most people conform to expectations? If not, why
do you think they didn't?
presentation will be graded on
-- did you explain your concepts, methods, and results clearly?
-- was your audience engaged in your presentation through interesting
slides, good intonation in your speech, and any other means?
-- did you accurately use and apply course concepts in your description?
(40 pts): The paper should follow the format of an empirical research
report but does not need to be quite as formal.
the introduction, describe the concept/phenomenon briefly (probably
in a couple of paragraphs). You need to CITE primary sources here -
use can use PSYCINFO to find at least 2 primary source JOURNAL ARTICLES.
the method, mention how many people you included and why you chose those
people. Describe the task you had people do.
results will be descriptive - in general what did people do, what was
their reaction. Did it go as planned? Averages may be good to include
too, if appropriate.
the discussion section should simply focus on whether or not the demo
"worked" overall, and why you think it did (or didn't).
should include your stimulus materials as well. I expect the paper will
probably be 2-4 typed, double-spaced pages. The paper is due on the day
you give your presentation in class unless other arrangements have been
will assign each pair a general topic, but you will need to come talk
to me at least one week before your topic is presented in class to discuss
a more specific project.