Psychology 456/556 - Questions to Ponder
February 5 through Feb 12, 2001
Questions on Word et al. (1974) and Fein & Spencer (1997)

1. What was the purpose of Word, Zanna and Cooper's Study 1? Of Study 2?

2. What are the nonverbal indicants of "immediacy?" Are these subtle or blatant behaviors?

3. What were the dependent measures in Word et al.'s Study 2?

4. In what ways does the Word et al. article support the classic premise that social situations influence people's behavior? Are we always aware of these situations?

5. What motivation for prejudice is explored in the Fein & Spencer paper?

6. What are some of the ways that Fein & Spencer propose that people deal with a potential threat to self-image?

7. What were the two independent variables in Fein & Spencer's Study 1? How were they manipulated?

8. Fein & Spencer's Study 2 is a conceptual replication of Study 1. How are the variables in Study 1 changed for Study 2? Were the results of the two studies consistent with each other?

9. In Study 3, Fein & Spencer find that the predjudiced evaluations of a stereotyped group serve as a mediational link in increasing what?

10. According to Fein & Spencer, can we make negative evaluations of just any old group in order to boost our self-esteem? Why or why not? How does this demonstrate the interplay of cognitive and motivational factors working together to maintain stereotypes?