What should a person expect to learn from visiting multiple Social Psychology websites regarding conflict and antisocial behavior?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think there are some specific learning expectations that visitors to social psychology websites could have.  One such understanding would be that the social psychology website would feature different perspectives regarding conflict and antisocial behavior.  Different websites feature varied approaches to the idea of what causes conflict, antisocial behavior, and how it looks.  For example, in the http://www.socialpsychology.org/, there is a breakdown of how different aspects of conflict and antisocial behavior looks.  There are articles and studies about how prolonged weight loss can cause eating disorders and how research reveals a link between risk taking video games and delinquent behavior in adolescents.  In another website, http://www.spsp.org/, there is analysis about how other women perceive women who wear red in a sexual mindset.  Finally, in the http://www.in-mind.org/ website, there is front page analysis about how human beings "might all be jerks" in research which indicates why there is a lack of helping tendencies in social behavior. These websites are examples of how a person can expect to learn more from different perspectives regarding topics such as conflict and anti social behavior.

Another expectation of learning that might be held in regard to social psychological websites is how individuals can take the data featured and be able to apply it into their own world.  A learning expectation that individuals can hold regarding social psychology websites is that something featured will have relevance to their own world.  While context vary, it seems that the need to provide findings that are meaningful and relevant insight that applies to individual condition is a significant aspect of social psychology websites.  For example, research featured at http://www.in-mind.org/ helps to reveal how the psychological elements behind the concept of being "Friends with Benefits."  The conflicts within sexual blurring of lines between relationships and friendships drives the article and the website's featuring of it.  Individuals can apply these findings to their own lives. In the collection of social psychology topics of study at http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/, one can find different work done on topics like aggression and violence.  It also includes media images of topics that can help to initiate dialogues.  For example, this website features Public Service Announcements from around the world on aggression towards women, from PSA's in India to Patrick Stewart addressing the issue.  In being able to feature topics that address conflict and anti-social behavior, the website is able to display findings on topic that can be applicable to different contexts.  A learning expectation that individuals can hold regarding conflict and antisocial behavior is to be able to take findings and research offered and be able to cast it in their own contextual experience.

Individuals can should expect to learn that scientific research guides the field of social psychology.  I think that there is a common assumption that social psychology is a form of "pop psychology."  There is a perception that social psychology lacks the rigor and intensity of data driven findings of "real science" or a more research branch of the discipline.  A learning expectation that individuals can hold regarding social psychology websites is to be able to examine many different studies from all over the world that are dedicated to different aspects of social psychology.  Social psychology websites feature data and research that attempts to expand the scientific discourse behind conflict, anti social behavior, and why individuals behave the way they do.  Visitors can expect to see such data and be able to assess the findings offered through strict scientific scrutiny.  In holding this expectation, visitors to social psychology websites can leave with more insight into topics as intense and divergent as conflict and antisocial behavior.