Social Psychology (Berlin and Amsterdam)

This course provides review of representative theories, concepts, research, and applications in social psychology for the understanding of how individuals affect and are affected by other people and their social and physical environments. This class was taught in Berlin and Amsterdam, with much of the learning being experiential. However, the readings are related to traditional topics in social psychology and how they are related to clinical psychology.


On the last night of the course, the class Social Psychology class along with the Existential Psychotherapy class taught by Penny Asay, Ph.D., and the History and Systems class taught by Mark Kiel, Psy.D., had a celebratory dinner in Amsterdam. Here's a photo of the Social Psychology class.

I was lucky enough to teach study abroad with two other professors, Mark and Penny

We were also given a guide through Berlin and Amsterdam, Patrick, who was a truly wonderful individual. Here's a photo of Patrick dancing on top of the Reichstag in Germany. I hope I have the opportunity to see Patrick again one day; the trip wouldn't be the same without him.

Here's a photo of all the students from all the study abroad classes from the summer of 2012, along with the professors and our guide.

A photo from Amsterdam

The main text for this course is Maddux and Tangey's (2001) edited volume, "Social Psychological Foundations of Clinical Psychology." Readings from the text are notated with [M & T]. Other texts are indicated with (pdf) or (link).


Day 1 - Travel to Germany

Day 2 - Introduction to Course

  • Pepitone, A. (1981). Lessons from the history of social psychology. American Psychologist, 36(9), 972-985. (pdf)

  • Ross, A.S. (2004). Lessons learned from a lifetime of applied social psychology research. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 45(1), 1-8. (pdf)

Day 3 - Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology

  • Maddux, J. E. (2010). Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology: History and orienting principles [M & T]

  • Boisvert, C. M., & Faust, D. (2006). Practicing psychologists' knowledge of general psychotherapy research findings: Implications for science-practitioner relations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37, 708-716. (pdf)

Day 4 - Self and Identity

  • Leary, M. R., & Tate, E. B. (2010). The role of self-awareness and self-evaluation in dysfunctional patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior. [M & T]

  • McAdams, D. P., & Adler, J. M. (2010). Autobiographical memory and the construction of a narrative identity: Theory, research, and clinical implications. [M & T]

  • Corrigan, P. W., Larson, J. E., & Kuwabara, S. A. (2010). Social psychology of the stigma of mental illness: Public and self-stigma models. {M & T].

  • Baumeister, R.F. (1998). The self. In D.T. Gilbert, S.T. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (4th ed.; pp. 680-740). New York: McGraw-Hill. (pdf)

Day 5 - Self Regulation

  • Doerr, C. E., & Baumeister, R. F. (2010). Self-regulatory strength and psychological adjustment: Implications of the limited resource model for self-regulation. [M & T]

  • Strauman, T. J., & McCrudden, M. C., & Jones, N. P. (2010). Self-regulation and psychopathology: Toward an integrative perspective. [M & T]

  • Oettingen, G., & Gollwitzer, P. M (2010). Strategies of setting and implementing goals: Mental contrasting and implementation intentions. [M & T]

  • Dweck, C. S., & Elliott-Moskwa, E. S. (2010). Self-theories. The roots of defensiveness. [M & T]

Day 6 - Interpersonal Process

  • Shorey, H. S. (2010). Attachment theory as a social developmental psychopathology framework for the practice of psychotherapy [M & T]

  • Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. R. (1987). Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 59, 511-524. (pdf)

  • Fraley, R. C., & Waller, N. G. (1998). Adult attachment patterns: A test of the typological model. In J. A. Simpson & W. S. Rholes (Eds.), Attachment theory and close relationships (pp. 77-114). New York: Guilford Press. (link)

  • Lakey, B. (2010). Social support: Basic research and new strategies for intervention.[M & T]

  • Dijkstra, P., Gibbons, F. X., & Buunk, A. P. (2010). Social comparison theory. [M & T]

  • Sloan, D. M. (2010). Self-disclosure and psychological well-being. [M & T]

Day 7 - Social Cognition and Emotion #1 (Emotion)

  • Lyubomirsky, S., & Dickerhoof, R. (2010). A construal approach to the increasing of happiness [M & T]

  • Tangney, J. P., & Salovey, P. (2010). Emotions of the imperiled ego: Shame, guilt, jealousy, and envy. {M & T]

  • Barrett, L. F., & Russell, J. A. (1998). Independence and bipolarity in the structure of current affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 967-984. (pdf)

  • Clark, L. A., & Watson, D. (1991). Tripartite model of anxiety and depression: Psychometric evidence and taxonomic implications. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 100, 316-336. (pdf)

  • Watson, D., & Walker, L. M. (1996). The long-term stability and predictive validity of trait measures of affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 567-577. (pdf)

Day 8 - Social Cognition and Emotion #2 (Social Cognition)

  • Riskind, J. H., Alloy, L. B., & IIacoviello, B. M. (2010). Social cognitive vulnerability to depression and anxiety. [M & T]

  • Wyer, R. S., Jr., & Srull, T. K. (1986). Human cognition in its social context. Psychological Review, 93, 322-359. (pdf)

  • Schwarz, N. & Clore, G. L. (1983). Mood, misattribution, and judgements of well-being: Informative and directive functions of affective states. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 45, 513-523. (pdf)

  • Wegner, D. M., & Wenzlaff, R. M. (1996). Mental control. IN E. T. Higgins, & S. W. Kruglanski (Eds.). Social Psychology: Handbook of basic principles. New York: Guilford Press. (pdf)

Day 9 - Social Psychology of Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Garb, H. N. (2010). The social psychology of clinical judgment. [M & T]

  • Dawes, R. M., Faust, D., & Meehl, P. E. (1989). Clinical versus actuarial judgment. Science, 243, 1668-1674. (pdf)

  • Eap, S., Gobin, R. L., Ng, J., & Nagayama Hall, G. C. (2010). Sociocultural issues in the diagnosis and assessment of psychological disorders. [M & T]

  • Shadel, W. G. (2010). Clinical assessment of personality: Perspectives from personality science. [M & T]

Day 10 - Social Psychology of Behavior Change and Clinical Intervention #1

  • Kross, E., Mischel, W., & Shoda, Y. (2010). Enabling self-control: A cognitive affective processing system approach to problematic behavior [M & T]

  • Dearing, R., & Twaragowski, C. (2010). The social psychology of help seaking. [M & T]

  • Maddux, J. E. (2010). Social cognitive theories and clinical interventions: Basic principles and guidelines[M & T]

  • Perrin, P. B., Heesacker, M., Pendley, C., & Smith, M. B. (2010). Social influence processes and persuasion in psychotherapy and counseling [M & T]

Day 11 -Social Psychology of Behavior Change and Clinical Intervention #2

  • Prochaska, J. O., & Prochaska, J. M. (2010). Self-directed change: A transtheoretical model. [M & T]

  • Weinberger, J., Siefert, C., & Haggerty, G. (2010). Implict processes in social and clinical psychology [M & T]

  • Miranda, R., & Andersen, S. M. (2010). The social psychology of transference. [M & T]

  • Forsyth, D. R. (2010). Group processes and group psychotherapy: Social psychological foundations of change in therapeutic groups. [M & T]

Day 12 - Personality and Social Psychology

  • Bandura, A. (1961). Psychotherapy as a learning process. Psychological Bulletin, 58(2), 143-159. (pdf)

  • Shoda, Y., & Mischel, W. (1998). Personality as a stable cognitive-affective activation network: Characteristic patterns of behavior variation emerge from a stable personality structure. In S. J. Read & L. C. Miller (Eds.), Connectionist and PDP Models of Social Reasoning and Behavior. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. pp. 175-208. (pdf)

  • John, O. P., & Srivastava, S. (1999). The Big Five trait taxonomy: History, measurement, and theoretical perspectives. In L. A. Pervin & O. P. John (Eds.), Handbook of personality: Theory and research (2nd ed., pp. 102-138). New York: Guilford. (link)

  • McCrae, R. R., & Costa, P. T. (1985). Updating Norman's adequate taxonomy: Intelligence and personality dimensions in natural language and in questionnaires. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 49, 710-721. (pdf)

  • Mearns, J. (2009). Social learning theory. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships (vol. 3) (pp. 1537-1540). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (pdf)

  • Srivastava, S. (2010). The Five-Factor Model describes the structure of social perceptions. Psychological Inquiry, 21, 69-75. (link)

Day 13 - Current Status and Future Directions

  • Tangney, J. P. (2010). Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology: Initial trends, current status, & future directions [M & T]

  • Other readings as they become relevant

Day 14 - Depart Amsterdam

  • REFLECTION PAPER DUE: TBA (around 7/23)

  • FINAL PAPER DUE: July 31, 2012

Additional Topics

  • Death and Dying

    • Elizabeth Kübler Ross

      • Her works are mostly in books, with the most famous being On Death and Dying

    • Charles A. Corr

      • Corr, C. A. (1993). Coping with dying: Lessons that we should and should not learn from the work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Death Studies, 17, 69–83. (pdf)

      • Corr, C. A. (1992). A task-based approach to coping with dying. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 24, 81–94. (pdf)

      • Corr, C. A., & Doka, K. J. (1994). Current models of death, dying, and bereavement. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 6, 545–552. (pdf)

      • Corr, C. A., Doka, K. J., & Kastenbaum, R. (1999). Dying and its interpreters: A review of selected literature and some comments on the state of the field. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 39, 239–259. (pdf)

    • Debbie Messer Zlatin

      • Zlatin, D. M. (1995). Life themes: A method to understand terminal illness.Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 31(3), 189-206. (pdf)

    • William McDougall

      • Founder of field of social psychology (he wrote the book, Social Psychology, in 1908), kept a journal of his own terminal illness (he died of cancer in 1938), and provided an intellectual approach. His work is mostly in books, and he also turned to an interest in parapsycholgoy toward the end of his life. Among his last non-parapsychology books are: Character and the Conduct of Life: Practical Psychology for Everyman (1927) and Religion and the Sciences of Life (1934).

    • George Bonanno (Bonanno has been said to change the face of how we think about grief by psychologists from Yale and Harvard)

      • Bonanno, G. A., Wortman, C. B., Lehman, D. R., Tweed, R. G., Haring, M., Sonnega, J., Carr, D., & Neese, R. M. ( 2002). Resilience to loss and chronic grief: A prospective study from pre-loss to 18 months post-loss. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83. 1150-1164. (pdf)

      • Bonanno, G. A. (2004).* Loss, trauma, and human resilience: Have we underestimated the human capacity to thrive after extremely adverse events? American Psychologist, 59(1), 20-28. (pdf)

      • Bonanno, G. A., Rennicke, C., & Dekel, S. (2005). Self-Enhancement among high-exposure survivors of the September 11th terrorist attack: Resilience or social maladjustment? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88(6), 984-998. (pdf)

      • Bonanno, G. A., Ho, S.M.Y., Chan, J.C.K, Kwong, R.S.Y., Cheung, C.K.Y.,Wong, C.P.Y., & Wong, V.C.W. (2008).Psychological resilience and dysfunction among hospitalized survivors of the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong: A latent class approach. Health Psychology, 27(5), 659-667. (pdf)

      • Bonanno, G. A., & Mancini, A. D. (2008). The human capacity to thrive in the face of extreme adversity. Pediatrics, 121(2), 369-375. (pdf)

    • J. William Worden

      • Worden, J. W. (1996). Tasks and mediators of mourning: A guideline for the mental health practitioner. In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice, 2, 73-80. (pdf)

    • The "does grief therapy work?" controversy

      • Kato, P. M., & Mann, T. (1999). A synthesis of psychological interventions for the bereaved. Clinical Psychology Review, 19(3), 275-296. (pdf)

      • Allumbaugh, D. L., & Hoyt, W. T. (1999). Effectiveness of grief counseling: A meta-analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 46(3), 370-380. (pdf)

      • Schut H.A., Stroebe MS, van den Bout J, & Terheggen, M. (2001). The efficacy of bereavement interventions: Determining who benefits. In: M.S. Stroebe, R. O. Hansson, W. Stoebe, & H. Schut (eds). Handbook of bereavement research: Consequences, coping, and care. Washington: American Psychological Association Books 705-758. (pdf)

      • Jordan, J. R., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2003). Does grief counseling work? Death Studies, 27, 763-786. (pdf)

      • McNally, R. J., Bryant, R. A., & Ehlers, A. (2003). Does early psychological intervention promote recovery from posttraumatic stress? Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 4(2), 45-79. (link)

      • Larson, D. G., & Hoyt, W. T. (2007). The bright side of grief counseling: Deconstructing the new pessimism. In K. J. Doka (Ed.), Living with grief: Before and after the death (pp. 157-174). Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America. (pdf)

      • Larson, D.G., & Hoyt, W. T. (2007). What has become of grief counseling? An evaluation of the empirical foundations of the new pessimism. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(4), 347-355. (pdf)

      • Bonano, G. A., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2008). Let's be realistic: When grief counseling is effective and when it's not. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(3), 377-378. (pdf)

      • Jarrett, C. (2008). When therapy causes harm. The Psychologist, 21(1), 10-12. (pdf)

      • Larson, D.G., & Hoyt, W.T. (2009). Grief counselling efficacy: what have we learned? Bereavement Care 28(3) 14−19. (pdf)

      • Schut, H. (2010). Grief counselling efficacy: have we larned enough? Bereavement Care, 29(1) 8–9. (pdf)

      • Neimeyer, R.A. (2010). Grief counselling and therapy: the case for humility.Bereavement Care, 29(1) 4–7. (pdf)

      • Hoyt, W.T., & Larson, D.G. (2010). What have we learned from research on grief counselling? A response to Schut (2010) and Neimeyer (2010). Bereavement Care. 29(1), 10-13. (pdf)

  • Psychology and the Economic Situation

    • Garling, T., Krichler, E., Lewis, A., & van Raaij, F. (2009). Psychology, financial decision making, and financial crises. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 10(1), 1-47. (pdf)

    • Strack, F. (2009). Te crisis in economics, a challenge for psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 10(1), i. (pdf)

    • Wang, X. T., Kruger, D. J., & Wilke, A. (2009). Life history and risk-taking propensity. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30, 77-84.(pdf)

    • Lauriola, M., & Levin, I.P. (2001). Personality traits and risky decision-making in a controlled experimental task: An exploratory study. Personality and Individual Differences, 31, 215–226. (pdf)

    • Barberis, N. (August, 2011). Psychology and the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Working paper. (pdf).

    • Leiser, D., &; Rötheli, T. F. (2010). The financial crisis—Economic and psychological perspectives: Introduction to the special issue of the Journal of Socio-Economics on “The Financial Crisis”. Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(2),. 117-118. (pdf)

    • Rötheli, T. F. (2010). Causes of the financial crisis: Risk misperception, policy mistakes, and banks’ bounded rationality, Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(2), 119-126. (pdf)

    • Lewis, A. (2010). The credit crunch: Ideological, psychological, and epistemological perspectives. Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(2), 127-131. (pdf).

    • Other articles from Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(2)

    • A link on language and behavior.

  • The Millgram Experiment

    • Milgram. S (1963) Behavioural Study of Obedience. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67, 371-78. (html)

    • Milgram, S. (1965). Some conditions of obedience and disobedience to authority. Human Relations, 18(1), 57-76. (pdf)

    • Haslam, S. A., & Reicher, S. D. (2012). Contesting the "Nature" of conformity: What Milgram and Zimbardo's studies really show. PLOS Biology, 10(11), 1-4. (pdf)