Write a 3–4-page assessment in which you observe and describe pro- and antisocial behaviors, apply a theory or concept from social psychology to explain these behaviors, and examine the role of media in promoting pro-social behavior.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
• Competency 2: Apply social psychological research and theory to examine social perception, social interaction, and social influence.
• Describe pro-social behavior depicted in media.
• Describe antisocial behavior depicted in media.
• Apply a theory or concept related to social psychology to explain factors that influence behavioral decisions.
• Competency 3: Analyze social psychological theory and research to explain personal, professional, and social issues.
• Examine how media can promote pro-social behavior.
• Competency 7: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology.
• Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.
• Use APA format and style.
In the language of social psychology, pro-social behaviors are those that promote the well-being of members of society and society as a whole, such as cooperation, fairness, helping, and forgiveness, while antisocial behavior is behavior that is dismissive or harmful to others. Aggression and violence are part of antisocial behavior; however, antisocial behavior also includes behaviors such as cheating, lying, littering, and stealing (Baumeister & Bushman, 2014).
Are people more or less likely to receive help when there are a lot of people around versus only one or two people? What are people willing to sacrifice for the good of others? As professionals, if we know the answers to these questions and to others that concern conditions that promote pro-social or antisocial behavior, we can actively and effectively work to promote pro-social choices and minimize antisocial actions.
Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). Social psychology & human nature (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
• What do people do in order to make possible the success of their cultural and social groups?
• Are people more or less likely to receive help when there are a lot of people around versus only one or two people?
What are people willing to sacrifice for the good of others? As professionals, if we know the answers to these questions and to others that concern conditions that promote pro-social or antisocial behavior, we can actively and effectively work to promote pro-social choices and minimize antisocial actions.
Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the Introduction to Social Psychology Library Guide to help direct your research.
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication. Note: To access the videos in Clips for Class, use the link, then scroll to the appropriate video.
• Cengage Learning. (2014). Clips for Class: Social: Prosocial Behavior: Park goers reaction to interracial couples fighting | Transcript. Retrieved from http://www.clipsforclass.com/social#prosocial.
• Cengage Learning. (2014). Clips for Class: Social: Emotion and Affect: When emotions make better decisions – Antonio Damasio | Transcript. Retrieved from http://www.clipsforclass.com/social#emotion
• Volkswagen. (2009). The funtheory. Retrieved from http://www.thefuntheory.com
• Explore this Web site to view ideas for promoting positive social behavior.
• WGBH Educational Foundation. (2001). Judgement and decision making. Annenberg Learner. Retrieved from http://www.learner.org/series/discoveringpsychology/02/e02expand.html
The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. Unless noted otherwise, these materials are available for purchase from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific –FP (FlexPath) course designation.
• Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). Social psychology & human nature (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Chapters 6, 9, and 10.
• Locate research articles on the topics of pro-social and antisocial behavior. Find at least two articles to use in this assessment.
• Watch the Clips for Class videos linked in the Required Resources. Note: To access the videos in Clips for Class, use the link, then scroll to the appropriate video.
• Select one recent advertisement (from television, billboard, or other advertising media) that depicts pro-social behavior and one that depicts antisocial behavior. These will be used as the foundation for this assessment.
• Instructions After reviewing the video clips and selecting advertisements, complete your assessment. In your introduction, describe or identify the advertisements you selected. Include the following in your assessment:
• Describe the pro-social behaviors you observed in the video clips and the advertisements you selected.
• Describe the antisocial behaviors you observed in the video clips and the advertisements you selected.
• Apply at least one theory or concept from social psychology to explain the factors (individual and social) that influence a person’s decision to behave pro-socially or antisocially.
• Examine how media can play a role in promoting pro-social behavior.
• Your completed assessment should be 3–4 pages in length, excluding title page and reference page. Be sure you follow APA guidelines for style and format. Additional Requirements
• Include a title page and reference page.
• At least two current scholarly or professional resources.
• APA format.
• Times New Roman font, 12 point.
• Double spaced.