Expert Workshop I

2019-2020

Course Objective

The primary objective for Model A is threefold: (a) to get an up-to-
date overview of theory and research on human cooperation, (b) to
advance theory-building and reasoning, and (c) to propose innovative
research
ideas to issues of great scientific and/or societal interest.
Module B provides an introduction to contemporary social-psychological
research on trust and relationships. In so doing, we will discuss the
contributions of an evolutionary approach to social psychology and a
realist view on validity and measurement. This module is taught by
an external professor.

Course Content

This workshop consists of two modules. In each module leading
international scientists will teach on a topic in their area of
expertise. The topics of both modules are specializations in social
psychology and their neighboring disciplines.
Module A: Human cooperation. Much of human
thought, affect, and behavior is rooted in situations in which people
can either be self-oriented or group-oriented. The goal is to advance
our understanding of the factors that promote human cooperation. We
will discuss interdependence, economic games, some neuroscience, all
with the aim to increase our understanding of altruism, empathy,
cooperation, revenge, and competition.
Module B: Trust and Relationships: This module provides an introduction
to contemporary social-psychological research on trust and
relationships. In so doing, we will discuss the contributions of an
evolutionary approach to social psychology and a realist view on
validity and measurement. With those conceptual tools under our belts,
we will consider specific adaptive scenarios that might have given rise
to the evolution of psychological mechanisms relevant to trust and
relationships, and we will explore recent design evidence that opens the
way for inferences about the existence of psychological adaptations for,
for example, revenge and forgiveness. We will also review approaches to
measuring relationship science, and revenge and forgiveness in the field
and in the lab. In addition to faculty lectures and (hopefully) vigorous
class discussion, students will (a) prepare and present short summaries
and critiques of recent research on these topics, and (b) prepare and
group-based proposals for new research of their own.

Teaching Methods

literature survey
practical
working group
Workshop

Method of Assessment

Essays and assignments

Literature

- Module A: Kelley, H., Holmes, J., Kerr, N., Reis, H., Rusbult, C., &
Van Lange, P. (2003). An atlas of interpersonal situations. New York:
Cambridge;
- Module B: Articles - Scientific articles

Target Audience

Students enrolled in Research Master Social Psychology, occasionnally a
PhD student with appropriate qualifications (evaluated by Prof Van
Lange)

Custom Course Registration

No devations

Explanation Canvas

The Professor communicates mainly through email to all students enrolled
in the course.

General Information

Course Code P_MEXPWRK_1
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange
Examiner prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange
Teaching Staff prof. dr. P.A.M. van Lange
prof. dr. D.P. Balliet

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture