As social beings who are now interconnected in online space, often via social media, we now receive information from other people at a faster rate than ever before. However, understanding the source of that information is becoming more complicated.
On March 11, 2011 there was a large nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. This image was posted on Imgur, a photo sharing website, in July 2015: http://imgur.com/gallery/BZWWx.
For your Discussion Post, respond to the following questions:
1. Does this post provide strong evidence about the conditions near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant? Explain your reasoning
There are a lot of social psychological influences on how we evaluate information. For example, the idea of “naïve realism” states that we all tend to perceive ourselves as objective. Furthermore, we tend to believe information that is consistent with our beliefs and we are more critical of information that is not. This can lead to “bias blind spot,” which is our tendency to believe that we are less susceptible to bias than the average person.
These days, many of us are more likely to receive news from sources like Twitter and Facebook, our customized and curated spaces where we see links shared by our friends. Recent research shows that we are less likely to scrutinize information that is presented in this type of curated space!
The CRAAP test (Blakeslee, 2004) is designed to help people evaluate information. It asks 5 questions about a source:
Here is a helpful test for each CRAAP component (download in Word or PDF): https://ferris.libguides.com/topic/source-evaluation/craap
Continue your Discussion Post by responding to the following questions:
2. Do you think you could spot fake news or would you be fooled? Why or why not?
3. Use the CRAAP checklist to evaluate the following story: https://psmag.com/news/can-ballet-hurt-your-psyche. What is your conclusion – is this real or fake news? Why or why not?
https://commons.emich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://scholar.google.ca/&httpsredir=1&article=1009&context=loexquarterlyBlakeslee, S. (2004). The CRAAP test. LOEX Quarterly, 31(3), 4. Retrieved from
In this episode of the podcast Invisibilia, Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller discuss the power of categories, including the very powerful category of gender. They interview Paige, an individual who reports switching frequently from “guy mode” to “girl mode.” First, listen to the portion of this Invisibilia podcast titled “Paige’s Story” (33:29 long) found at the following link: https://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/384065938/the-power-of-categories?showDate=2015-%2002-06?showDate=2015-%2002-06
In your Discussion Post for this module, discuss the following:
1. If you woke up tomorrow morning and found that you had this experience, how would your life change (if at all)? Would anything be different about your attitudes, behavior, habits, experiences, choices, preferences, and feelings? Write down your first reactions.
2. Ask a few of your friends the same question. Do their answers seem to differ depending on their self-identified gender? If so, how?
3. What does this exercise reveal about gender socialization and schemas?
Adapted from Warren, C. S. (2006). Incorporating multiculturalism into undergraduate psychology courses: Three simple active learning activities. Teaching of Psychology, 33(2), 105-109.
Essential factors to consider in psychological testing are language and culturally bound information. To demonstrate why, begin by visiting the following link to complete a 10-item verbal intelligence test (Test A). (Note that this test is not a standardized, empirically supported measure, but was designed to deepen your understanding of culture and language). You should take only 60 seconds to complete this, so please time yourself. And, don’t Google anything! Just answer as best as you can.
· Verbal Intelligence Test A
When finished, the test should have given you a result for your (fake) verbal IQ score – below average, average, etc. Record this score. For your Discussion Post, answer the following questions:
1. According to Test A, what was your your (fake) verbal IQ score?
2. Did language ability influence your performance on Test A? In other words, was this an adequate test of your verbal intelligence?
3. For whom (e.g., what groups or types of people) would language be most important to consider prior to testing their intelligence?