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social psychology
It is another typical school year with back-to-school festivities, sports activities, and parent-teacher conferences. Only this time, your child’s teacher has given
you a heads up that he or she would like to discuss a “sensitive matter.” When you arrive, the teacher says, “I think we need to get [insert child’s name] on some
medication for ADHD.”

As the parent in this situation, how do you respond? Do you accept the teacher’s suggestion? Do you ask for more evidence of the disorder? Are you concerned for what
might happen to your child if he or she is given this label? How do you address the concern that your child might need treatment for a psychological disorder?

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Unit 6 Discussion Board Question PSY 1010
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Unit VI Discussion Board Question

Minimum 200 words

Perhaps one of the most impactful and interesting ideas that social psychology proposes is that we are not just impacted by the influence of “real” people. In a world
where we interact with others through media, this becomes very relevant.

In recent years, we have all seen reports in the news regarding the potential negative impact that playing video games can have on children and adolescents. However,
some researchers would argue that it is not the video game itself, but the content and themes of the video game that can lead to an increase in anti-social behaviors
(e.g., aggression, violence) or pro-social behaviors (e.g., altruism, helping).

Do you think that interacting with “imaginary” persons—like those in a video game– has any impact on our real-life social behaviors? What is your personal interaction
with any type of violent media (e.g., games, movies, news)? Discuss the positive/negative effects of exposure to violent media.

Side note: Take for example when the first Exorcist movie came out. There were reports of people fainting in theaters and incidences in which an ambulance had to be
called. Why do these types of movies not illicit the same reaction in this era?