Social Influence Paper
View videos about the following famous social psychology experiments: Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, Milgram’s Obedience Study, and Asch’s Conformity Study (websites for each are listed under your required readings for the week).
Based on the videos, this week’s readings , and additional research, write a 1500-2000 word analysis (excluding title page and references) of one of the following historical events:
- My Lai Massacre
- Heaven’s Gate Cult
Identify the sociopsychological environmental influences for your chosen historical event. Focus on the attitudes in response to a seemingly passive environment, being sure to include the effects of mere exposure, implicit attitudes, evaluative conditioning, and direct experience. A minimum of two academic references is required.
This Discussion Question aligns with the following weekly outcomes: 1,2
This Discussion Question aligns with the following course outcomes: 1,4,5,6
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Content CriteriaTotal: 4
Paper demonstrates an examination of the sociopsychological environmental influences for a historical event.
Paper includes a discussion on the development of attitudes in response to a passive environment.
Paper includes a discussion on the effects of exposure and influence of attitudes pertaining to the historical event.
Paper includes a discussion of the effects of the evaluative conditioning and direct experience pertaining to the historical event.
Writing and Organization CriteriaTotal: 1
Writing style is clear and concise.
Tone is academic and appropriate for the content and assignment.
Thesis statement is clearly articulated.
Structure is logical, including an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Flow is maintained by effective transitions.
Rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling are followed.
Adherence to APA formatting requirements is evident.
Research CriteriaTotal: 2
Sources are credible (preferably peer-reviewed), varied, relevant, and current (published within past five years); use of seminal work (e.g. Freud) is encouraged.
Sources inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving and decision-making.
Includes required number of professional/scholarly sources.
Addresses ethical considerations in research when appropriate.
Style CriteriaTotal: 1
The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).
The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment
The paper includes an APA style cover page.
The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.
The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.
The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).