SOCI 213 Social Psychology of Familiarity and Contempt Research Paper
use evidence from the social psychological research literature to address whether or not there is support for a popular proverb or saying about social behavior. After choosing a proverb, you will need to find at least 2 references from psychological / sociological peer reviewed journals that contain social psychological research that is relevant to your proverb.
You’ll need to read the articles and summarize/ describe them in your report. Be sure to only use articles that directly address the issue presented in the proverb.
1. Present the proverb you are interested in, along with your own personal “theory” about whether the proverb is true or not.
2. For each of the two articles (studies) you find, do the following:
-Describe the study that was done – what was the hypothesis? What were the independent and dependent variables?
-Describe the findings. If the article is complex, it’s ok to just focus on the findings that are relevant for your proverb.
-Offer a summary of whether the study supports or refutes the proverb.
(Do this for each of the two studies)
3. Finish with a final conclusion about your proverb or saying: Do the two studies suggest the proverb is true or not? Also offer comments about shortcomings or weaknesses of the social psychological literature that you examined. Are there problems with the studies that make you question their validity?
Remember, your research might support the proverb, or it may not. It’s also possible that you’ll find one study supporting your proverb and one refuting it. Any of these possibilities is fine! If your studies are in conflict with each other, be sure to discuss why you think that’s the case (e.g., how do differences between the studies account for the different findings?)
4. Provide references for your two articles