Social Psychology (Active Learning Activity)

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Chapter 12: Social Psychology (Active Learning Activity = 15 points)

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Use the crossword puzzle to fill in the blanks on the next page(s). (You do NOT need to actually write your answers in the boxes here).

Part 1—Knowing Key Terms (4 points) :

Fill in the blanks from the crossword puzzle above using key terms from the textbook and/or lecture notes.


2. technique for getting a commitment from a person and then raising the cost of that commitment.-     

3. kind of thinking that occurs when people place more importance on maintaining group cohesiveness than on assessing the facts of the problem with which the group is concerned.-

4. changing one’s behavior as a result of other people directing or asking for the change.-

5. behavior intended to hurt or destroy another person.-

7. a set of characteristics that people believe are shared by all members of a particular social category.-

11. changing one’s behavior at the command of an authority figure.-

13. prosocial behavior that is done with no expectation of reward and may involve the risk of harm to oneself.-

14. the process of explaining one’s own behavior and the behavior of others.-

15. any group of people with a particular religious or philosophical set of beliefs and identity.-

16. negative attitude held by a person about the members of a particular social group.-


1. type of love consisting of intimacy and commitment.-     

6. the process by which one person tries to change the belief, opinion, position, or course of action of another person through argument, pleading, or explanation.

8. physical or geographical nearness.-

9. changing one’s own behavior to match that of other people.-

10. a tendency to respond positively or negatively toward a certain person, object, idea, or situation.-

12. treating people differently because of prejudice toward the social group to which they belong.-

17. type of love consisting of intimacy and passion.-

Part 2—Comprehending and Applying Concepts (3 points):

Answer each of the following questions by: (1) Underlining the correct options for multiple choice items, or (2) Providing the correct short answer where appropriate

1.       occurs when people begin to think that it is more important to maintain a group’s cohesiveness than to objectively consider the facts.

2. Selena is trying to get her boyfriend to wash the dishes for her. To start with, she asks her boyfriend to cook dinner for her. When her boyfriend refuses, she asks, “Well, will you at least wash the dishes then?” To which he readily agrees. Selena has just used the      .

a) foot-in-the-door technique

b) door-in-the-face technique

c) lowball technique

d) that’s-not-all technique

3. Changing one’s behavior due to a direct order of an authority figure is referred to as      .

4. Imagine 100 individuals are asked to take part in a replication of Milgram’s famous study on obedience. How are these 100 people likely to respond?

a) The majority would administer 450 volts as instructed.

b) The majority would immediately realize the use of deception and leave.

c) Most of the women would refuse to obey, whereas almost all of the men would obey.

d) Most of the participants would work together to force the experimenter to end the experiment.

5. Ashley has practiced her drum routine over and over. When she gets up to play it at the recital in front of 100 people, she performs it better than she ever has. Her improved performance is an example of      .

6. Which of the following is NOT a factor that influences attitude formation?

a) direct contact with an individual

b) DNA inherited from your parents

c) instructions from your parents

d) observing someone else’s actions

7. Which communicator would likely be most persuasive?

a) an attractive person who is an expert

b) a moderately attractive person who is an expert

c) an attractive person who has moderate expertise

d) a moderately attractive person who has moderate expertise

8.       describes the situation in which people attend to the content of a message.


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