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I need you to response to 2 of my classmates on their posts. please put the student name next to their response so I know which is which.
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1 day agoSelena Fowler Jason’s Behavior
Social psychologists seek to understand how people are influenced by others, directly and indirectly (Aronson, Wilson, Akert, & Sommers, 2019). Concerning Jason’s situation, a social psychologist would examine the social influences that may have encouraged Jason to take the make and sell methamphetamine, thereby putting his med school dreams at risk.
Aronson, et. Al. (2019) remind us to consider the situation along with the behavior. To attribute behavior simply to a person’s personality is to commit the fundamental attribution error. In Jason’s case, there may be situational factors that have encouraged him to make and sell drugs. Medical school is expensive; this is well known. Perhaps he was having trouble paying for school and housing, as well as other necessities. If infamous drug lords have taught us anything, it is that selling drugs can be extremely profitable. Thus, perhaps the risk of selling drugs and being kicked out of med school may have been offset by the possible financial benefits of doing so, leading Jason to do so.
Jason may also have friends who make and sell methamphetamine. These friends may be flaunting their success and encouraging Jason to get in on the practice. Aronson, et. Al. (2019) says that social pressure from others can be extremely strong, strong enough to make people do things they normally wouldn’t. When considering this, it isn’t far-fetched to believe that perhaps those around Jason could be encouraging him to do this.
These are only a couple of suggestions as to explanations of Jason’s behavior. They are the first two considerations that I think of, though, and they are as likely as any other explanation for Jason’s risky behavior.
Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M., & Sommers, S. R. (Eds.) (2019). Social Psychology (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
4 days agoMeg Justison Week 1:
Jason is a college student accused of making and distributing methamphetamine. If charged and convicted, Jason’s dreams of medical school would be dashed. How would a social psychologist explain Jason’s behavior and his decision to take this risk?
Social psychologists study how our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by others (Aronson, Wilson, Sommers, 2019). In Jason’s case, I would consider who his friends are, what they are doing and if they are making fun of Jason or pressuring him to do it. Jason may have the goals of going to medical school, but often times our peers can influence our decisions, even if they go against what we believe in as individuals.
Social psychologists’ researchers study the conditions that one was under when making a decision (2019). Jason may have originally told people he was not going to do it, however, if asked in front of his peers, it can definitely change what his decision is. I strongly believe that people struggle with sticking to their morals in situations where they might be considered an “outcast” because they are not doing what everyone else does.
Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M., & Sommers, S. R. (Eds.) (2019). Social Psychology
(10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.