Discussion 1: Culture and Psychological Functioning
Many of the social cognitive processes discussed in this course so far describe the impact of social stimuli on one’s cognitive processing. Culture clearly impacts language, political systems, legal systems, educational systems, caretaking practices, and media. It stands to reason that culture also influences social cognitive structures such as attitudes and stereotypes.
For this Discussion, review the weekly topics for this class (e.g. controlled/automatic processing, attribution, stereotyping, attitudes, etc. …). Choose one of those weekly topics and find two peer reviewed articles from the Walden Library which examine the connection between culture and the topic you chose.
By Day 3
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 3 an explanation of how at least three individual factors (personality traits, attitudes/cognitions, intergroup contact, intergroup relations, and situational factors) impact perceived intergroup threat, according to Intergroup Threat Theory. Next, suggest one consequence of intergroup threat that could occur as a result of the individual factors you previously highlighted. Be sure in your replies, to explain how culture might impact perceived intergroup threat as well as the consequences of intergroup threat, being sure to include an example to demonstrate your logic.
By Day 5
Respond by Day 5 to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
Ask a probing question.
Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
Offer and support an opinion.
Validate an idea with your own experience.
Make a suggestion.
Expand on your colleague’s posting.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.
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