Literature Review social psychology

Literature Review social psychology

Pick a topic in social psychology from the list below that is of interest to you (some of these topics will also be addressed in lab and/or lecture). Find at least three journal articles related to the topic of your choice within the following search parameters:

1) TWO of your articles must be published in one of the following four journals:
? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
? Journal of Social Psychology
? Journal of Applied Social Psychology
? European Journal of Social Psychology
2) Linked full text only
3) Published between 2000 and 2014
4) Pertaining only to the following age groups: childhood, adolescence, or adulthood
5) Involving human participants only

You may find that you are inundated with articles even while constrained to the parameters above. You should limit your searches even more by narrowing down these broad topics. For example, if you are interested in writing about self-concept, you may want to focus on and search for articles regarding self-concept and gender or self-concept and intelligence.

After you have located and read three articles, you will write 3-4 page review of the literature on this topic. In your review, you will first discuss the problem or question you are interested in (for example, the development of self-concept during the years of adolescence). You will then briefly summarize the three articles. Finally, you will end your review by presenting at least one original idea for a research study that you gained from reading the three articles. In doing this, be sure to answer the following two questions: 1) If you had the chance to conduct a study on this topic, what kinds of specific questions would you explore? 2) What would you hypothesize?

You must hand in a copy of the abstract of each article you selected for your review.

List of Popular Topics in Social Psychology:

self-concept: the way one thinks of oneself

prosocial behavior / helping behavior: any act that is intended to help another person

conformity: changing one?s behavior or beliefs to match those of others, generally as a result of real or imagined, though unspoken, group pressure

aggression: an act that is intended to harm another person

self-esteem: the evaluations people make about their worth as human beings