Psychology 345

Summer 2017

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



    Office Hours

    Peter Zambetti

    328 Guthrie Hall

    Mon. 8:00-9:00


    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. 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, don’t use your “freebie” until the end because you will not be able to make it up if you’ve 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 9 weeks in the quarter, so you will need to allot 6 hours/week for reading. This leaves 4 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 4 hours/week for 4 weeks than studying 16 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. (50 points will come from the last third of the class, and 25 points will come from the first two-thirds of the class.) You will need to purchase a mark-sense form (available for purchase at the UW bookstore and "By George") for each exam.

  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 doctor’s 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. 5 points will be deducted if the electronic version of your paper is not submitted before it is due. Students occasionally have problems uploading their papers, so do not wait until the last minute to submit yours.
    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 author’s 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 researchers’ 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. Week



    Lecture Topic

    01Monday June 1901 Introduction
     Tuesday June 20  Science
     Wednesday June 21  Methods
     Thursday June 2202 Theory 1
     Friday June 23Quiz 1  
    02Monday June 26  Theory 2
     Tuesday June 27103 Perception 1
     Wednesday June 28  Perception 2
     Thursday June 2904 Inference
     Friday June 30Quiz 2+3  
    03Monday July 03  Attribution 1
     Tuesday July 04No Class  
     Wednesday July 05  Attribution 2
     Thursday July 0605 Self 1
     Friday July 07Quiz: 4+5 Paper #1
    04Monday July 10MIDTERM 1  
     Tuesday July 1106 Attitudes 1
     Wednesday July 12  Attitudes 2
     Thursday July 13  Dissonance 1
     Friday July 14Quiz: 6  
    05Monday July 17  Dissonance 2
     Tuesday July 1807 Persuasion 1
     Wednesday July 19  Persuasion 2
     Thursday July 2008 Influence 1
     Friday July 21Quiz: 7+8  
    06Monday July 24  Influence 2
     Tuesday July 25  TBA
     Wednesday July 26  Influence 3
     Thursday July 2709 Groups
     Friday July 28Quiz: 9+10 Paper #2
    07Monday July 3110 Prejudice 1
     Tuesday August 01  Prejudice 2
     Wednesday August 02  Prejudice 3
     Thursday August 03MIDTERM 2  
     Friday August 04   
    08Monday August 0711 Attract 1
     Tuesday August 08  Attract 2
     Wednesday August 09  Attract 3
     Thursday August 10  Attract 4
     Friday August 11Quiz: 11 Paper #3
    09Monday August 14  Attract 5
     Tuesday August 1512 Helping
     Wednesday August 1613 Aggression 1
     Thursday August 17Quiz: 12+13 Aggression 2
     Friday August 18Final Exam  

  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 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.

  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.