Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, Attraction, and Exclusion

  • Photo of Using Poison to Assassinate

    Using Poison to Assassinate

    Throughout history, world leaders have been assassinated by opposition groups.  While many have been shot, such as John F Kennedy in 1963 and Anwar Sadat in 1981, many leaders and prominent figures were eliminated by the use of deadly poisons. In 2020, the Coronavirus lead some conspiracy theorists to believe the virus was being used as a coverup to take down…

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  • Friends Candy Lady

    In this clip from the TV show Friends, a large mob of anxious, pushy people wait at Monicas door to receive free candy. Is this a good example of deindividuation? What are some of the factors that result in deindividuation?

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  • New Mexico Lobos Soccer Player Elizabeth Lambert Plays Rough with BYU

    Female soccer player from New Mexico, Elizabeth Lambert, plays very aggressively. She is shown punching competing players in the back, tripping competing players, and pulling one players ponytail so hard that she is thrown to the floor. The ESPN reporters ask what the limit is with this kind of sportsmanship. Is Lamberts aggression warranted? Is this reactive or proactive aggression?…

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  • Anti-Social Behavior

    In this brief clip, young boys feel intimidated by a group of hoodies standing on a corner. At first, they are reluctant to leave their home, but one boy ventures out even though he is afraid of what might happen to him. Define anti-social behavior. Are the boys guilty of anti-social behavior? How are aggression and anti-social behavior interconnected?

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  • On Aggression: What Makes Us Fight?

    This clip from Virginia Commonwealth University, hosted by Lucky Severson, explains aggression and its history. Are there genes responsible for aggressive behavior? Edward Kravitz, neurologist, examines how aggression is brought about by the nervous system. He conducts experiment with lobsters; none of these lobsters have been trained to fight. In so doing, Kravitz would like to see if they inherently…

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  • Deal or No Deal Models in Fat Suits

    Models Leyla Milani and Brooke Long from the television show Deal or No Deal wear fat suits and undergo makeup treatment to simulate the experience of obesity. What do you think of the recent trend of television figures wearing fat suits? Is it effective in changing the publics perceptions of obese people? How might Leyla and Brooke be showing signs…

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  • What Do Men Find Attractive?

    This short clip addresses some of the traits men value in women, particularly the waist-to-hip ratio. Besides waist to hip ratio, men are also attracted to full lips, well-defined cheekbones, and breasts. What confidence do you have in the researchers findings? Why or why not? Was the waist-to-hip ratio in figure C physically realistic?

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  • Secrets of the Sexes: Male Height

    At the beginning of this clip, women created a computer simulation of the ideal man. However, there was no relationship between those physical preferences and the length of time spent with men during a speed dating session. What character judgments are associated with male height? What did the speaker state at the end of the clip? What are the implications…

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  • Secrets of the Sexes: Male Status Attraction

    A college instructor who describes himself as short and skinny is often perceived by women as a nice guy. Researchers give Peter a more affluent look a suit and trendy sunglasses, resulting in a change in womens attitudes toward him. Would you expect the same pattern of results if the suit outfit were worn the day before the casual outfit?…

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  • Domestic Violence Public Service Announcement

    This anti-domestic violence PSA from Canada shows a man with two children in a restaurant. A waitress pours coffee into his mug and accidentally over pours. The waitress apologizes but he verbally and physically abuses her in front of the entire restaurant. What is domestic violence? How does this clip emphasize other peoples actions/inactions?

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  • Testosterone Factor

    This National Geographic clip discusses testosterone and how it works in humans. Testosterone has a reputation for causing violence, rage, and aggression while also being associated with sex and power. Testosterone levels affect our skills. The 2D-4D ratio shows the amount of testosterone you were exposed to in utero. How does this ratio work? What might the length of your…

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  • Lying, Cheating, Stealing Teens

    This CBS News report covers the alarming rate at which teens are now lying, cheating, and stealing. David Scott believes were in a moral decline. Eli Cox, Marketing Chair for Red McCombs School of Business, says that our society focuses too much on me and not enough on the community. Results from a survey of 30,000 American high school students…

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  • Facebook Manners and You

    This comical clip explains how to have manners on Facebook, a popular social networking site. Alice and Timmy are in a relationship until Alice discovers Timmy has listed himself as single. In retaliation she posts embarrassing photos of him. How do social networking websites show that belongingness is a basic need? What is social acceptance? How are acceptance and rejection…

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  • Dating in the Dark TV Show

    This clip from the show Dating in the Dark is a dating show where three men and three women meet in a pitch-black room and, by those interactions, decide whether or not they would like to continue to date any of the other contestants. If contestants enjoy each others company, they can request to see one another again. If they…

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  • Proximity Psych

    In this project the student defines proximity in relation to famous couples whose relationships may or may not have been built on propinquity. The student shows photographs from films and television shows and refers to couples that budded from the casts. Define the mere exposure effect. How does physically closeness become intimacy?

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  • Laws of Attraction

    In this CBS clip from the series Medical Mysteries, we meet with Jena Pincott who began studying the chemistry of romance. She wrote a book called Do Gentleman Really Prefer Blondes? and discovered that men are less likely to follow their sense of smell to base attraction. A new DNA matchmaking service, ScientificMatch.com, is designed to match men and women…

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  • The Pickup Artist TV Show

    The Pickup Artist, a reality TV show from VH1, shows how two self-proclaimed Casanovas (Mystery and Matador) teach unconfident men how to be attractive to women. Some of the men havent had sex, some are unable to approach women because they are petrified, and some need confidence overall. Through makeovers, training, and putting the men in club situations, they are…

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  • Relationships, Love, and Dating Advice: Women’s Physical Appearance and Character — Dating Tips

    Antone Christopher, author of The Bitter Mans Guide to Dating and The Bitter Womans Guide to Dating, shares some of the inferences men can draw from a womans appearance. He uses the example of a womans nails (the way they are polished, maintained) to explain her lifestyle and personality characteristics. Are inferences such as those Antone Christopher suggested commonplace in…

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  • Milla Jovovich — Calvin Klein «Escape» Ad

    In this Calvin Klein cologne commercial, a female and a male model run through a narrow hallway in pursuit of one another. What type of love is demonstrated in this clip, according to Berscheid and Hatfield? What would Robert Sternberg say about this kind of love over time?

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