Psychology | Group Processes
P721 | 25951 | E. Smith
Covers theory and research on intragroup and intergroup processes.
Group problem-solving and decision-making
Information sharing in groups; transactive memory and distributed
Social influence; majority and minority influence
Groups and the collective self; social identity and self-
categorization theory; optimal
Membership in negative (stigmatized) groups and its effects
Group stereotypes and group-based emotions
Conflict reduction; intergroup contact; recategorization and
Additional topics may be covered depending on student interests.
The class will be run as a seminar, with a mix of lecture and
discussion of assigned
readings. Grades will be based on class participation; short
?reaction papers? based on
specific weeks? readings; and a term paper (structured as a research
proposal: a review
of theory and research on some specific topic and the design of one
or more studies to
address that topic).