Potential Exam Questions.

Use these potential exams questions to help you study for the weekly exams. They are not an indication of all the material that you need to cover in your reading, particularly in preparation for writing your papers. But they at least let you be prepared for the exams we will have.

 The Social Animal



Social Cognition

Self Justification


Human Aggression

Chap 1: Setting Parameters

Chap 2: Provocation

Chap 3: Emotion & Cognition

Chap 4: Moderating Variables

Chap 5: Aggression in Context (Bullies etc.)

Chap 6: Video Games and other Aggressive Entertainment

The Science of Emotion

Chap 1: Emotions in science and everyday life

Emotional Education (pp. 176 & 177)


Appendix: The Neurophysiology of emotion

Chap 2: Darwin

This chapter is about research on emotion done in the tradition of Darwin. Thus, whether particular emotions (and their expressions) are universal is abig deal for this approach. Most of the work in this area, then is about the behavior associated with an emotion (expression, bodily movement) and not the "feeling" of emotion. At the end of the chapter, Cornelius proposes to show us some research that is about more than emotional expression (and he does). But this is still mostly work on behavior (and behavior readiness or tendencies) and not really about the feelings of emotions. So we are left with an evolutionary puzzle from this chapter (with a small clue from Zajonc's work): why do emotions feel?

Because I will use the prase often, I abbreviate "according to Darwin" as AtD.

Chapter 3: James

In this chapter, you will follow the complex history of the James-Lange theory of emotion. It is very complex. You should try toemerge from the welter of studies with an appreciation for a few classic studies and the difficlties scientists found in replicting them. The history of claim and counterclaim throughout this chapter is a pattern you should get used to in this area. You should also try to come to some conclusion about the correct form of the James-Lange theory given what we now know of the complexity of the area. How should we qualify the strong form of the theory? We will cover in class how to diagram an experiment to make its complexities comprehensible.

Chapter 4: Thinking

This chapter is primarily about how emotions fisrt get started. The previous twotradition considered this issue to be unproblematic, but when you try to unpack it, it becomes quite complex. As you read this chapter make sure you think through (1) how this approach sees emotion as different) and (2) how this approach might fit together with the others.

Chapter 5: Social Constructivist

This chapter is about a tradition of research that has grown out of the cognitivist one and been enriched by interaction with other disciplines (including philosophy, anthropology, and sociology). The strong "splitters" critique of some in this chapter often goes farther than you need to to understand the variation in emotion. But again, think about how this approach can fit in with the previous three.

Chapter 6: Putting it Together

This chapter is about the possibility of finding an overarching theory of emotion that would incorporate all four perspectives. Cornelius first takes us on a tour of anger and fear, two more clearly "biological" emotions and then looks at the research on love and hope, two more social emotions. He concludes by suggesting that our appraisals of situations may be the key to pulling the disparate perspectives together since they connect our understanding ofthe environment (both social and physical) to our responses to it.

Intimate Relationships

Chapter 3: Attraction

Chapter 5: Communication

Chapter 6: Interdependency

Chapter 8: Love

Chapter 9: Sexuality

Chapter 12: Conflict & Violence

Chapter 13: Dissolution & Loss

Chapter 15: Therapy