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  1. Careers in Social Psychology Joyce Ehrlinger Department of Psychology Florida State University

  2. What is Social Psychology? • The scientific study of the way in which people’s thoughts, feelingsandactions are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people.

  3. Does watching violent t.v. make people more aggressive?

  4. What about violent videogames?

  5. Why do people sometimes do cruel and inhumane things to others?

  6. …while others spend their lives helping others? Bill Gates Warren Buffet

  7. Do people ever help others for purely altruistic/selfless reasons? Bill Gates Warren Buffet

  8. How do advertisers know how to make us buy their products?

  9. Social Psychology at FSU • Roy Baumeister • Dianne Tice • Jon Maner • Ashby Plant • Joyce Ehrlinger

  10. Social Psychology at FSU • Roy Baumeister • Self control, rejection • Dianne Tice • Self esteem, self control • Ashby Plant • Prejudice and stereotyping • Jon Maner • Mate selection, risk taking • Joyce Ehrlinger • Confidence, perceptions of bias

  11. Social Psychology at FSU • Roy Baumeister • Self control, rejection • Dianne Tice • Self esteem, self control • Ashby Plant • Prejudice and stereotyping • Jon Maner • Mate selection, risk taking • Joyce Ehrlinger • Confidence, perceptions of bias

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  13. Social Psychology at FSU • Roy Baumeister • Self control, rejection • Dianne Tice • Self esteem, self control • Ashby Plant • Prejudice and stereotyping • Jon Maner • Mate selection, risk taking • Joyce Ehrlinger • Confidence, perceptions of bias

  14. Amadou Diallo (9/2/1975-2/4/1999) • Police officers opened fire. 41 shots, hitting Diallo 19 times. • No weapons on his body. He was reaching for his wallet.

  15. Error Rates by Police Officers in Plant’s Shoot/Don’t Shoot Game

  16. Error Rates by Police Officers in Plant’s Shoot/Don’t Shoot Game----Later Trials----

  17. Social Psychology at FSU • Roy Baumeister • Self control, rejection • Dianne Tice • Self esteem, self control • Ashby Plant • Prejudice and stereotyping • Jon Maner • Mate selection, risk taking • Joyce Ehrlinger • Confidence, perceptions of bias

  18. Confidence vs Reality in the Classroom

  19. What do Social Psychologists Do? • Teach/research but not just in Psychology departments • Psychology • Business • Education • Marketing • Communications • Sociology • Law • Medicine

  20. What do Social Psychologists Do? • Many social psychologists are employed in industry • Educational Testing Service (ETS) • Big Business • Gallup Polling Organization • Consumer Reports • Software Companies • Marketing research/marketing • Advertising

  21. Examples • Gary Klein • Social psychologist teaching expert thinking to novices

  22. Examples • David Bonniger • Social Psychologist in Rehabilitation Technology

  23. Examples • Market Research Consultant • Answers questions for businesses using basic research techniques • How satisfied are customers? • How can new products and services be designed to be maximally appealing? • Who are the most valuable customers?

  24. Examples • John Lauber • Human factors research in airline industry • How to design systems that maximize safety

  25. Examples • Susan Ferguson, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety • Design ways to minimize losses due to death, injury & property damage

  26. Examples • Trial Consultant • jury selection • helps the trial team to develop a presentation • tests out the approach with ‘mock juries’

  27. Examples • Social Science Analyst • Carolyn Copper, National Security Division for U.S. Government • Provides policymakers with recommendations on how to promote the security of the American people.

  28. Examples • Christine Sannerud, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration • Reviews research and makes recommendations regarding • Controlling the manufacture of illicit drugs • Laws regarding drug control

  29. What do Social Psychologists Do? • Government • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention • Department of Justice • Department of Education • Department of Health and Human Services • Census Bureau • CIA /FBI

  30. Becoming a Social Psychologist • Graduate school • complete coursework and research • gain teaching experience • financial assistance

  31. Getting into grad school in social psychology • High GPA • research experience • good GRE scores • strong letters of recommendation

  32. Helpful Websites • www.socialpsychology.org • www.spsp.org • www.psy.fsu.edu