? Psychology 245

Psychology 245

Summer 2016

Table of Contents

  1. Contact Information (Office Location and Office Hours)
  2. Course Overview
  3. Exams
  4. Activities/Papers
  5. Grading
  6. Extra Credit Research
  7. Schedule
  8. Make-Up Exams and Incompletes
  9. Classroom and Email Etiquette

  1. Contact Information
  2. Professor

    Jonathon D. Brown


    135 Guthrie Hall

    Office Hours

    By appointment


    Course Reader

    Available for purchase at:


    Ram's Copy Center


    4144 University Way





  3. Course Overview
  4. This course provides students with a basic understanding of contemporary social psychology. Students are expected to attend class meetings and to do the assigned reading in advance. Class lectures will clarify and go beyond the material covered in the text, and students will be responsible for all material covered in class. Brief demonstrations will be conducted in class to illustrate various points.

    1. Lecture Notes
    2. Each week's lecture notes will be available on the course website by Sunday evening. These notes are in outline form and will provide a structure to the day's lecture. I suggest printing these notes and bringing them to class. Doing so will organize your thoughts during lecture, allowing you to understand and absorb the material as it is presented rather than having to jot down every word I say. Of course, you should also make clarifying comments on your copy of the lecture slides as needed.

    3. Quizzes
    4. Chapter quizzes will be given on Thursdays at the start of class. Make-ups will be given only with a doctor's note or documentation of an emergency. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    5. Extra Help
    6. If you have a disability that we should know about, please contact us immediately and we will make all reasonable accommodations.

    7. Time Management
    8. This is a 5-credit course. The UW advises that you spend 3 hours each week for each course credit hour, which means you are expected to devote 15/week to this course. You are expected to attend class 5 hours/week, so that leaves 10 hours/week to study. I estimate that each chapter will take 4 hours to read (assuming you are taking notes on the material and reading carefully). There are 13 chapters and 10 weeks in the quarter, so you will need to allot 5 hours/week for reading. This leaves 5 extra hours/week for you to study and review. Many students save those hours up for the night before the exam, but research shows this is not an effective way to learn. You are better off studying 5 hours/week for 3 weeks than studying 15 hours before an exam.

  5. Exams
  6. Three multiple choice exams will be given. The first two exams will have 50 questions, each worth one point; the final exam, which will cover the entire course, will have 75 questions, each worth one point. You will need to purchase a mark-sense form (available for purchase at the UW bookstore and "By George") for each exam.

    The first two exams will be given during the first hour of class on the day the exam occurs. You must come to class on time, as you will have only 50 minutes to complete the exam (beginning at 12:30). We will not have lecture during the second hour.

    The final exam will be given during the time last day of class (Friday, August 19th, 9:40-10:40. We will not accommodate requests to give the final at a different day or time.

  7. Reflection Papers
    1. Activities
    2. Instead of having class on Friday, you will have an activity to complete and a brief paper to write describing your experience. There will be 8 activities, each worth 5 points. You must complete 6 of them. If you complete all 8, you can earn 10 points (5 for each) of extra credit.

    3. Format
    4. Each paper is worth 5 points and must be no more than 1 page in length with the following specifications:

      • double-spaced with no extra spacing between any of the paragraphs
      • normal font
      • 1 inch margins on all sides
      • You must submit an electronic copy to the course dropbox (see course website for URL) by 5 pm on the day the paper is due. Papers will not be accepted by email, so if you think there's any chance your internet connection will be slow that day, submit the paper early. The file name of the paper MUST include your name and the Activity number (e.g., Jack Black, Activity #5.docx). Late papers will not be accepted for any reason.

  8. Extra Research Credit
  9. You are eligible to participate in psychological research for extra credit. This is an excellent way to experience scientific psychology first-hand, and to give you some cushion points in case you don't perform as well as you'd like on the exams. You earn .1 of a grade point for every 2 hours of experimental credit you receive, with the understanding that you can earn no more than .3 grade points. More information about this program is available by clicking the link on the course website or by clicking this link: Extra Credit Research.

  10. Grades
  11. Midterm 1


    Midterm 2











  12. Schedule
  13. Week



    Lecture Topic

    01Monday June 2001 Introduction
     Tuesday June 21  Science
     Wednesday June 22  Methods
     Thursday June 2302: Quiz 1 Theory 1
     Friday June 24Activity #1  
    02Monday June 27  Theory 2
     Tuesday June 2803 Perception 1
     Wednesday June 29  Perception 2
     Thursday June 3004: Quiz 2+3 Inference
     Friday July 01Activity #2  
    03Monday July 04No Class  
     Tuesday July 05  Attribution 1
     Wednesday July 0605 Self 1
     Thursday July 07Quiz: 4+5 Self 2
     Friday July 08Activity #3  
    04Monday July 11MIDTERM 1  
     Tuesday July 1206 Attitudes 1
     Wednesday July 13  Attitudes 2
     Thursday July 14Quiz: 6 Dissonance 1
     Friday July 15Activity #4  
    05Monday July 18  Dissonance 2
     Tuesday July 1907 Persuasion 1
     Wednesday July 20  Persuasion 2
     Thursday July 2108: Quiz: 7+8 Influence 1
     Friday July 22Activity #5  
    06Monday July 25  Influence 2
     Tuesday July 26  TBA
     Wednesday July 27  Influence 3
     Thursday July 2809: Quiz: 9+10 Groups
     Friday July 29Activity #6  
    07Monday August 0110 Prejudice 1
     Tuesday August 02  Prejudice 2
     Wednesday August 03  Prejudice 3
     Thursday August 04MIDTERM 2  
     Friday August 05Activity #7  
    08Monday August 0811 Attract 1
     Tuesday August 09  Attract 2
     Wednesday August 10  Attract 3
     Thursday August 11Quiz: 11+12 Attract 4
     Friday August 12Activity #8  
    09Monday August 15  Attract 5
     Tuesday August 1612 Helping
     Wednesday August 1713 Aggression 1
     Thursday August 18Quiz: 13 Aggression 2
     Friday August 19Final Exam  

  14. Make-Up Exams and Incompletes
    1. Make-Up Exams
    2. If you are facing a unique circumstance (e.g., serious illness, family emergency) that you think may impair your ability to perform well on an exam, see one of us as soon as the situation arises so that we can discuss whether a make-up or Incomplete will be granted. Do not wait until after you have taken an exam to tell us that your score was low because of some unique circumstance. Once you take an exam, that score counts no matter what. If you are under duress and feel you cannot perform up to your potential, you must receive permission AHEAD OF TIME to reschedule the exam. Be advised, however, that requests to delay taking an exam will rarely be granted. Exceptions to this rule are made only in dire, unavoidable circumstances (e.g., serious illness or emergency) that are fully documented (e.g., with official correspondence from physicians and/or Deans). On the extremely rare occasions that they are offered, make-up exams are essay exams, and are graded by Professor Brown.

    3. Incompletes
    4. Incompletes will be granted only if students experience extraordinary difficulties beyond their control, and have received permission for an incomplete no later than the start of the 8th week of the quarter. Incompletes will NOT be given out at the end of the quarter simply as a way to "take the course over again" in the case of a bad grade in the course. If your grade isn’t what you need or want, come to office hours during the quarter and the T.A.s and I will try to assist you and help you learn the material. Don't wait until it's too late!.

    5. Student Athletic Travel
    6. If you need to miss an exam due to UW-related athletic travel, you will need to make arrangements to take the exam while you are away. Your coach needs to vouch for you and supervise the exam. This responsible party should contact us via email at least one week prior to the exam and provide a fax number where the exam can be sent. You are required to take the exam and return the answers via fax no later than the time and date the exam will be given in Seattle. Your coach must fax your answers back to the UW Psychology office (206.685.3157) before 1:30 p.m. PST on the day of the exam. No late exam answers will be accepted.

  15. Etiquette
    1. Classroom Behavior
    2. I expect you to behave while you are in class. This means that cell phones must be turned off during class time, and sleeping, eating (in any way other than discreetly), and resting your feet on the desk in front of you are forbidden. Anyone who violates these rules will be asked to leave.

    3. Email
    4. We are available to answer emails during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). All emails must be sent to the course email account: psych345@uw.edu. If you send us an email, you must use correct grammar and punctuation, without typographical errors. Otherwise, we will not reply or acknowledge receipt. Emails must also begin with a salutation that doesn't include the word "Hey" and end with your name and student number.

    5. Laptop Policy
    6. The last row of the room is prioritized for laptop users. All laptop users must sit in the last row unless it is full, in which case the next-to the-last row also will be opened to laptop use. No laptop use is permitted in any other row (unless you can verify with a doctor's note that your eyesight requires that you use a laptop and sit in a closer row).

    7. Classroom Atmosphere
    8. Finally, to establish a class atmosphere in which you can ask questions and in which I can have discussions with the class and perform demonstrations, I ask that if you come to class, please come to learn. If you want to chat with classmates, read the newspaper, eat or drink, etc., then please go elsewhere. These behaviors distract your classmates. If a classmate asks me a question during lecture, please show her or him respect by not starting to talk. Remember, no one is taking attendance or making you come to class. In sum, come to class because you want to, and because you wish to learn about psychology. For my part, I will do my very best to make lectures informative and interesting. Thanks.