Social psychology homework help; Random Act of Kindness
One important topic in the field of social psychology is explaining why people help others. The purpose of this assignment is to better understand the psychology of helping by performing a “random act of kindness,” a good deed done when there is no expectation for help and there is no possibility of reward for the deed.
You may choose any random act of kindness that you wish, with the following restrictions:
- Your act of kindness does not need to be something big or expensive. You are NOT being graded on how big of an act of kindness you do. I am more interested in how well you relate your behavior to the theories of helping.
- What you do must be completely legal and ethical, cannot get you into trouble in any way, and cannot put yourself or anyone else at risk of either physical or psychological harm.
- The act of kindness must be something that is outside of your normal routine. Doing your chores at home, for example, would not count as a random act of kindness.
- The act must be something that you do deliberately and on purpose, rather than something that you do that just happens to be helpful to someone else.
After performing the task, write a short (1 page) essay in which you
- describe what you did: when, where, and to whom
- describe the emotional experience of helping: what emotions did you feel before, during and after your act of kindness?
- briefly relate your experience to one of the models that explain why people help: was your behavior better explained by the egoistic model, the evolutionary model, or the or the empathy-altruism model? Explain.
- Discuss how some authors have critically established that objectivity, certainty (or “absolute truth”) and individualistic knowledge are simplified and problematic conceptions regarding the production of scientific and casual knowledge. Take into consideration why this discussion is important in the realm of Psychology and how it opens up new and complex ways of understanding human actions.
When elaborating your essay take into account the following:
1)There’s three (3) conceptions that need to be critically examined (objectivity, certainty and individualistic knowledge), BUT you can decide to focus on one more than the others (since, as you will notice, the three are inter-related).
2)When discussing the case of Psychology, which is mostly discussed in Glasersfeld’s and Gergen’s text, try to elaborate at least one example (either inspired by the texts or one of
the many that appear in said texts) that show the importance of constructivism (or knowledge as a construction), subjectivity, language-games or, among other things, a psychology that takes into consideration the diversity of human experience.
3)You have to make use of at least three (3) of the assigned texts.
PartI. Use the traditional and modern squares of opposition to determine whether the following arguments are valid or invalid. For those that are invalid, name the fallacy that is committed.
1. All teenage smokers are persons who jeopardize their health. Therefore, some teenage smokers are persons who jeopardize their health.
2. No werewolves are creatures that lurk around in the daytime. Therefore, some werewolves are not creatures that lurk around in the daytime.
3. It is false that some cities in Japan are high crime areas. Therefore, some cities in Japan are not high crime areas.
4. All current residents of Atlantis are people with gills. Therefore, it is false that some current residents of Atlantis are not people with gills.
5. Some Miami policemen are not officers involved in drug trafficking. Therefore, no Miami policemen are officers involved in drug trafficking.
6. It is false that all opponent of school prayer are people who object to a moment of silence. Therefore, no opponents of school prayer are people who object of a moment of silence.
7. No palm trees indigenous to the Arctic are natural habitats for rodents. Therefore, it is false that all palm trees indigenous to the Arctic are natural habitats for rodents.
8. No vampires are avid connoisseurs of garlic bread. Therefore, it is false that some vampires are avid connoisseurs of garlic bread.
9. It is false that some juvenile killers are not criminals who deserve to be tried as adults. Therefore, it is false that no juvenile killers are criminals who deserve to be tried as adults.
10. It is false that some lung cancer vaccines are readily obtainable inoculations. Therefore, some lung cancer vaccines are not readily obtainable inoculations
All assigned texts are attached (all relatively short)