PSY 530 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
The focus of social psychology is to understand how a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of others. Unlike
sociology, social psychology takes the perspective of the individual rather than the group and examines what makes us engage in behaviors such as aggression,
attraction, altruism, self-justification, social cognition, and social perception. With its roots in Gestalt psychology, social psychology puts its emphasis not on
physical reality, but rather on an individual’s perception of the world around them. Historically, this field has played an important role in understanding the
causes of, as well as treatments for, social issues such as reducing violence, increasing helping behaviors, and assisting people in living healthier and safer lives.
The purpose of this assessment is to recognize the value of social psychology on society throughout its history as a field. You will also analyze research for how it
changes or does not change based on the time period when it was conducted.
This assessment addresses the following course outcomes:
Analyze social psychological research for how the field has changed over the course of its history
Assess the impact of social psychological research trends for their influence on human behavior
Analyze elements of social psychological research for their influence on improving social welfare
Evaluate the influence of social psychological research on society for its efficacy for social change
Analyze ethical issues in social psychological research for determining appropriate strategies for use in scientific research
The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final
submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Three, Five, and Seven. The final product will be submitted in Module Nine.
Research in social psychology has changed a great deal in the past 100 years. An examination of modern research, as opposed to classic research, shows
differences with regard to the theoretical orientation (e.g., genetics, sociocultural approach, and social learning theory), ethics, and the basic versus applied
nature of the research. There are also differences between the classic and current research with regard to its influence on social behavior.
The task of this assignment is to select one classic research study in social psychology from a provided list. You will then locate a modern (within the last 10 years)
peer-reviewed research study in the same subject area. The article you locate will be submitted for instructor approval. You will analyze these studies for their
approach to social psychology, the influence of theories, research trends of the different time periods, the influence of the research on society, and how issues of
ethics and ethPSY 530 Final Project Milestone Two: Similarities and Differences Table
Your Classic Study: Obedience to Authority: Stanley Milgram ___________________________________________________________________
Your More Recent Study: Authority as epistemic capital ______________________________________________________________
Classic and Modern Study Questions
Responses for Classic Study
Responses for Modern Study
Similarities and Differences Between Your Two Responses
Citation for studies in APA style
Milgram, S. (1965). Some conditions of obedience and disobedience to authority.
Alasuutari, P. (2018). Authority as epistemic capital.
Journal of Political Power,
Article by Milgram published over fifty years ago while article by Alasuutari published within the last five years
What is the research question or hypothesis in this study?
“If an experimenter tells a subject to hurt another person, under what conditions will the subject go along with this instruction, and under what conditions will he refuse to obey.”
How does authority as a concept appeal to different persons thinking processes to produce behaviors?
Both research were meant to determine how authority affects behavior of different persons. Whereas classic study was to determine how authority imposes behavioral outcomes to persons modern study aimed to determine how authority appeals to different persons in thinking process to produce behaviors.
Name two studies referenced in this article that contributed to the main theme of this article.
Buss, ARNOLD H. (1961).
The psychology of aggression. New York and London: John Wiley
KIERKEGAARD, S. (1843).
Fear and trembling. English edition, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1941
Alasuutari, P., 2016. The synchronization of national policies: ethnography of the global tribe of moderns. London: Routledge
Alasuutari, P. and Qadir, A., 2014. Epistemic governance: an approach to the politics of policymaking. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 1, 67–84. doi:10.1080/23254823.2014.887986
The difference is that the author of the classic article used references from other studies while the author of the modern article used some of the sources, he had published himself in the past
What type of research method was used in this study? Correlation? Experiment?
The methodology was observational since the author explained how different scenarios of an experiment done at Yale University were applicable in ascertaining how authority is used to generat
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