Social Influence Journal

To prepare for this journal, watch Social Influence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (2017). Reflect on this topic.  Specifically, consider concepts other than those covered in discussions and/or assignments.  Explain how a particular theoretical perspective applies to your own experience, personal or professional.  Describe the social situation in the context of social psychological theory and research, and appraise the factors that impact your behavior as well as the role your own actions play in producing and perpetuating the situation.  Your journal should be approximately one single-spaced page and include at least one reference to a required course reading.



Society for Personality and Social Psychology. (2017, June 27). Social influence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from

  • (4:27) This video provides information about social influence. It will assist you in your Social Influence Journal this week.

The Social World: Presentation

Thus far, we have considered the major themes of social psychology: social thinking, social relations, and social influence.  In this interactive assignment, we will integrate knowledge from all three areas to provide a comprehensive analysis of a social movement, issue, event, or idea.

To inform your thinking on this topic, begin by reading “The Self System in Reciprocal Determinism” (Bandura, 1978) and “Social Action” (Synder & Omoto, 2007), and peruse The Stanford SPARQ Solutions Catalog (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..  In addition, review “Ten Simple Rules for Making Good Oral Presentations” (Bourne, 2007) and “Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation” (Erren & Bourne, 2007).

Then, identify a current or historical social movement (e.g., the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, the Reformation, etc.), issue (e.g., gay marriage, school choice, abortion, slavery, etc.), event (e.g., the 2016 Presidential election, the Rwandan genocide, the Bubonic Plague, etc.), or idea (e.g., democracy, the nuclear family, peace, etc.).  Create a multimedia presentation (e.g., a video, poster, etc.) that depicts the selected topic in enough detail that classmates, even with no prior knowledge, will gain a basic understanding.  (For additional guidance, review a guide for creating Presentations (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., available through the Ashford Writing Center.).  Your presentation should apply psychological insight from at least two of the three areas covered thus far in the course (social thinking, social relations, and/or social influence) to analyze relevant social factors.  In your presentation, interpret social psychological theory and research, including the concept of reciprocal determinism in relation to this social movement, issue, event, or idea.  Describe research methods used to investigate relevant phenomena and summarize actual or hypothetical applications of social psychological insight.   Employ knowledge from social psychology to identify specific careers or disciplines that might be especially well suited to addressing the underlying issues in your example.  Be sure to maintain an objective stance.  (In other words, if you select a social issue, avoid sharing your opinion regarding the “right” or “wrong” view.  Your classmates should not be able to determine your personal views based on what you post.).

You must include a both a multimedia component (e.g., link to or embedded PowerPoint, screencastPreview the document, video recordingPreview the document, etc.) and a transcript or other written component that fully explains the audio or visual elements. Please utilize APA style to format your transcript or other written component. Upload the completed assignment (including both the multimedia component and the written component) into Waypoint.  Next week, you will share your presentation with your classmates in a discussion forum.

Utilize a minimum of five credible scholarly sources to inform your thinking on the topic, in addition to required course resources as applicable.  Additional credible references are encouraged.

Note to Students: This assignment requires that you produce a visual presentation, supply a spoken audio narrative, and to listen the audio narrative of others.  Note you are also asked to provide a transcript of your presentation.  If you have a documented disability accommodation that might interfere with your ability to complete this assignment, you may contact your instructor to develop a comparable alternative assignment.  If you have other issues that you feel may be a barrier to your ability to complete this course or this assignment please contact the Office of Access and Wellness at:


Bandura, A. (1978). The self system in reciprocal determinism. American Psychologist, 33(4), 344-358.

Bourne, P. E. (2007). Ten simple rules for making good oral presentations. PLoS Computational Biology, 3(4), e77. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.0030077

Erren, T. C., & Bourne, P. E. (2007). Ten simple rules for a good poster presentation. PLoS Computational Biology, 3(5), e102.

Snyder, M., & Omoto, A. M. (2007). Social action. In A. W. Kruglanski  & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles, (2nd Ed), 940-962.

For this assignment you do not need to do a screen-cast!!! Just submit a transcript outlying each power point slide in detail.

Discussion: Questionnaire Critique

 Using the resources from this module, list several general principles that you believe are important for sound questionnaire design. Then choose one of the questionnaires listed below and discuss the ways the questionnaire fits or violates your principles. It is fully understood that several of your principles may not easily be applied to these questionnaires because you do not know the exact background of how the scales were developed. Instead, focus on the principles you developed regarding item wording, response options, question order, and so on.

Big 5 Personality Inventory (Goldberg, 1993): One of the most commonly used measures of personality; scale on pages 3–4, scoring on page 4

Procrastination Scale (Lay, 1986): A scale intended to measure procrastination in student populations; scoring information on the second page

Disgust Scale (Haidt, McCauley, & Rozin, 1994; Modified by Olatunji et al., 2007): A scale intended to measure disgust; scoring information at the bottom of the page

Does self-disclosure of the therapist improve eating disorder treatment.”  

Research question: “Does self-disclosure of the therapist improve eating disorder treatment.”

Hypothesis: Self-disclosure of the therapist improves eating disorder treatment.


For this assignment, you will submit a draft of all items and questionnaires that will be given to your participants in your study. The items and questions should be listed in the exact order that they will be given to participants. You may use questionnaires that you have designed, questionnaires used in previous research, or any combination thereof. Your instructor will provide feedback so that these materials may be improved before data collection

Assignment 8


As with Presentation Analysis #1 (Module 1), students will select two presentations from, comparing both an informative and persuasive speech.  Write a 2-3 page paper comparing and contrasting the two presentations and speakers.

Be sure to include the TED speech titles and speakers’ names in your paper.

  • STEP 1: Compare and contrast the presentation skills of both speakers:
    • What presentation skills did the presenters have? What skills could they use work on?
    • Which speaker was more effective? Why?
  • STEP 2: For the informative presentation, answer the following:
    • What was the speech topic?
    • How was the presentation structured, i.e. Topical, Chronological, Spatial, etc.?
    • What did you learn about the topic that you did not know before the speech? Is that knowledge useful to you? Why?
    • What do you feel was the presenter’s biggest strength?  What was the presenter’s biggest weakness?
  • STEP 3: For the persuasive presentation, answer the following:
    • What is the thesis or main idea of the speech?
    • Does the speaker persuade you to agree with their point of view and/or to take the action they desire? How?
    • What do you feel was the presenter’s biggest strength?  What was the presenter’s biggest weakness?
  • STEP 4: How well did you listen, answer the following:
    • How well did you listen for content?
    • Did the speech hold your attention? Why or why not?
    • Identify one specific technique from this week’s readings, which you could cultivate to improve your listening skills.

Your paper should be in APA format, with both in-text citations and references.

  • Your assignment should be approximately 500 words in length (typically, two double-spaced pages.
  • Your assignment should include a title page and a reference list page, and be completed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with appropriate header, page numbers, one-inch margins, and meet all other requirements of APA Stylebook.

Strengths Paper

Take the VIA© survey.

Using your results, write a 350- to 700-word paper covering the following points:

  • What were your five highest strengths?
  • Describe how these strengths are expressed in your daily life. Are there any you do not exercise regularly?
  • If your highest strengths are not used regularly in your work or school life, discuss changes you could make to remedy this.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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Death Scenario Paper

Read the scenario on p. 283 of Positive Psychology.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper including the following:

  • Describe, in detail, the thoughts and emotions you felt while imagining the scenario.
  • If you did experience this event, how do you think you would handle the final moments?
  • If you did experience this event, how would you describe your life up to this point?
  • In what ways can traumatic events be opportunities for growth?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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