Psychology 259: Social Cognition Laboratory
Neil Lutsky, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Carleton College
Olin 111, x4379, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab Assistants: Mindy Jensen (x5051) and Heather Davenport
Psychology 259 is intended to introduce you to
general issues in research in social cognition and to selected
examples of the phenomena social psychologists study, the research
questions they pose, and the research methods they employ. Its means
is to give you hands-on experience designing, executing, and
reporting empirical studies in social cognition. The list of topics
and readings below indicates what in social cognition we will be
exploring. The requirements for this two-credit course include the
following: attendance at laboratory sessions; completion in a timely
matter of assigned readings; participation as researchers in the
design and execution of course projects; preparation of one
laboratory poster and one web page report; and presentation of a
final research proposal. The laboratory poster and web page may be
completed in collaboration with other members of the lab.
Laboratory Topic, Activity, and Reading
- W 4/3 Course Overview; Digital Image Capture
and Manipulation; Ethical and Design Issues in Social Cognition
Research. Research Participant Recruitment Procedures.
- M 4/8 Social
Comparison Laboratory; Reading Research
Van Lange, P. A. M., & Rusbult, C. E. (1995). My relationship
is better than--and not as bad as--yours is: The perception of
superiority in close relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,
- W 4/10 Individual Differences in Social
Cognition; Assessing Cognitive Constructs via Self Report; Data
Analysis and Correlational Design.
Ostrom, T. M., Bond, C. F., Krosnick, J. A., & Sedikides, C.
(1994). Attitude scales: How we measure the unmeasurable. In S.
Shavitt & T. C. Brock (Eds.), Persuasion: Psychological insights and
perspectives (pp. 15-42).
- M 4/15 Social Comparison Laboratory
(continued); Modeling Cognitive Processes.
- W 4/17 Social Comparison Laboratory
(continued); Writing a Research Paper, Creating a Research Poster,
and Building a Web Page.
- M 4/22 Person
Perception Laboratory; Using Digital
Borkenau, P., & Liebler, A. (1992). Trait inferences: Sources
of validity at zero acquaintance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,
- W 4/24 Person Perception Laboratory
- M 4/29 Correspondent
Van Boven, L., Kamada, A., & Gilovich, T.
(1999). The perceiver as perceived: Everyday intuitions about the
correspondence bias. Journal of
Personality and Social Psychology, 77,
- W 5/1 Correspondent Inference Laboratory
- M 5/6 Midterm
- W 5/8 Event Sampling and Naturalistic Methods
in Social Cognition.
Reis, H. T., & Gable, S. L. (2000).
Event-sampling and other methods for studying everyday experience.
Handbook of research methods in social
and personality psychology,
- M 5/13 Social
Solomon, S., Greenberg, J., & Pyszczynski, T. (2000). Pride
and prejudice: Fear of death and social behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science,
Rudman, L. A., Greenwald, A. G., Mellott, D. S., & Schwartz,
J. L. K. (1999). Measuring the automatic components of prejudice:
Flexibility and generality of the implicit association test.
Social Cognition, 17, 437-465.
- W 5/15 Social Attitudes Laboratory
- M 5/20 Social Attitudes Laboratory
- W 5/22 Laboratory Research Proposal
- M 5/27 Laboratory
Poster and Web Pages.
- W 5/29 Research
- M 6/3 Research
Neil Lutsky, April 2, 2002