PSY 342: Social Psychology

Instructor: Lorre McCabe
Phone: (503) 997-6219
Home Phone: (503) 439-6219
Office Hours: After class or by appointment

Research Methods and Social Psychology

Key Concepts for the Midterm
Social Psychology

What is social psychology?
Similarities and differences between sociology and social psychology

Research Methods

Qualitative Research Methods versus Quantitative Research Methods
Correlation and causation versus prediction
* Positive versus negative correlation
Survey (Interview/Questionnaire)
Naturalistic Observation
Dependent versus Independent Variable: Know the difference between the two.
History of Ethical Experimentation (specifically LSD and the CIA): Briefly describe unethical research practices that fueled the development of research ethics as we know today.
IRB (Institutional Review Board): Simple overview of what one is.
Three Key Concepts to Research Ethics: Psychological Harm, Physical Harm, and Legal Harm

(* indicates not covered in lecture)

Extra Credit

Phillip Zimbardo’s Take on Terrorist Alarms: Read his essay, under ‘What’s hot’, and write a 1-2 typed double spaced reaction paper to what he discusses. This is NOT a summary paper. I am looking for your viewpoint on this.