Psychology 345

Spring 2010

Table of Contents

  1. Contact Information (Office Location and Office Hours)
  2. Course Overview
  3. Exams
  4. Papers
  5. Grading
  6. Schedule
  7. Make-Up Exams and Incompletes
  8. 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





    Office Hours

    Kerry Spalding

    130 Chemistry Library

    Tues. 11:00-11:50; Wed. 3:30-4:20

    Adrianne Stevens

    3939 University Way, Room 4

    Mon. 9:30-10:20; Thurs. 1:30-2:20


  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 dayís 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. Section
    4. The discussion sections led by your graduate TA will solidify your knowledge of the material presented in lecture and demonstrate its applicability to everyday life. You are expected to attend and actively participate in these sections. Most sections will begin with a quiz on the book chapters. Single-chapter quizzes are worth 5 points; two-chapter quizzes are worth 10 points. One quiz can be made up without an excuse (provided it is taken during a TA's office hours within one week of the date it was administered). All other requests for make-up quizzes will be denied. If you think there is any chance you will be sick for a quiz, donít use your ďfreebieĒ until the end because you will not be able to make it up if youíve already missed one. 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 60 minutes to complete the exam (beginning at 1:30). We will not have lecture during the second hour.

    The final exam will be given during the time the final exam is scheduled by the University. We will not accommodate requests to give the final at a different day or time.

  7. Papers
    1. General Information
    2. Three papers are due at various points throughout the quarter (see the syllabus for exact dates). Late papers will not be accepted unless accompanied by a doctorís note. If you think there is any chance your printer will break or your dog will be sick on the day the paper is due, write it tonight and turn it in tomorrow. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    3. Paper Topics
    4. For each paper, you must select and review an article available through the course website or by clicking the following link.  Articles

    5. Format
    6. Each paper is worth 10 points and must be no more than 3 pages 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
      • Name and page numbers in a header that appears on every page. Note: You cannot just type your name on every page, but must learn to use a header
      • You must turn in a hard copy to your TA, and submit an electronic copy to the course dropbox (see course website for URL) by 1 pm on the day the paper is due. The electronic copy will be used to catch acts of plagiarism, as some students have been known to buy papers off the internet and pass them off as their own.

    7. Paragraph Structure
    8. Each paper must consist of 5 paragraphs. The 5 paragraphs must be structured as follows:

      1. Paragraph 1: USING YOUR OWN WORDS, introduce your topic and give readers a general sense of what they will learn by reading your essay.
      2. Paragraph 2: Describe the research study you are reviewing. DO NOT write out the article title itself. Simply refer to the paper by using the first authorís last name only.
      3. Paragraph 3: Describe the methods the researchers used to test their hypothesis.
      4. Paragraph 4: Describe the results from the study in general terms, without using any numbers or probability values.
      5. Paragraph 5: Provide a concluding paragraph that summarizes the results, showing how they bear on the researchersí hypotheses.
    9. Paper Points
      • 4 points: Accuracy and thoroughness of your review
      • 4 points: Clarity and organization
      • 2 points: Spelling and punctuation. To receive these points your paper must be free of obvious spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.

  8. Grades
  9. Midterm 1


    Midterm 2











  10. Schedule
  11. WeekDateChapterLecture TopicLecture 1Lecture 2
    01Monday, March 2901 Introduction Introduction Science
     Wednesday, March 3102 Theory Methods Theory 1
     Friday, April 02  Quiz: Chapter 1
    02Monday, April 0503 Social Perception Theory 2 Social Perception 1
     Wednesday, April 0704 Social Judgment Social Perception 2 Social Inference
     Friday, April 09  Quiz: Chapters 2+3
    03Monday, April 12  Attributions Attribution 1 Attribution 2
     Wednesday, April 1405 Self Self 1 Self 2
     Friday, April 16PAPER #1 Quiz: Chapters 4+5
    04Monday, April 19MIDTERM 1      
     Wednesday, April 2106 Attitudes & Behavior Attitudes 1 Attitudes 2
     Friday, April 23  Quiz: Chapter 6
    05Monday, April 26  Cognitive Dissonance Dissonance 1 Dissonance 2
     Wednesday, April 2807 Persuasion Persuasion 1 Persuasion 2
     Friday, April 30  Quiz: Chapter 7
    06Monday, May 0308 Social Influence Influence 1 Influence 2
     Wednesday, May 05    Influence 3 TBA
     Friday, May 07  Quiz: Chapters 8+9
    07Monday, May 1009 Groups Groups 1 Prejudice 1
     Wednesday, May 1210 Prejudice Prejudice 2 Prejudice 3
     Friday, May 14PAPER #2 Quiz: Chapter 10
    08Monday, May 17MIDTERM 2      
     Wednesday, May 1911 Attraction Attraction 1 Attraction 2
     Friday, May 21  Quiz: Chapter 11
    09Monday, May 24 Close Relationships Attraction 3 Attraction 4
    Wednesday, May 2612 + 13 Helping Attraction 5 Helping 1
     Friday, May 28  Quiz: Chapters 12+13
    10Monday, May 31NO CLASS      
     Wednesday, June 02  Aggression Aggression 1 Aggression 2
     Friday, June 04PAPER #3  
    11Monday, June 07FINAL EXAM: 2:30-4:20      

  12. 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 isnít 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. Donít wait until itís 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.

  13. 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: 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.