Social psychology – the study of how individuals affect and are affected by other people and by their social and physical environments
Confederate – individuals who seem to be participants in a study but in reality are part of the research team
Delayed gratification – the ability to postpone an immediate gain in favor of greater and later reward
Correlation – the degree to which a pair of variables are linearly related (NOT to be confused with causation)
Confounding variable – factors other than the main variable of interest that may cause a result, confounds the “true” relationship between two variables
Socioeconomic status – a cumulative measure of a person’s family’s economic access to resources and social position in relation to others
Deception – the intentional misleading of research participants or the withholding of full information about the nature of the experiment
Mirroring – behavior in which one person imitates the gesture, speech pattern, or attitude of another
Informed consent (in research) – the process of telling potential research participants about the key elements of a research study and what their participation will involve
Institutional Review Board (IRB) – administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects
Postdoctoral fellowship – a training-focused position after a doctorate; usually act as a stepping-stone between the student experience and the full-time professional experience
Tenure – type of academic position which often involves an indefinite appointment that can be terminated only for cause or under extraordinary circumstances
Resentment – the result of a perception that someone has treated you unfairly
We discuss an exciting field of psychology for the first time on the podcast–social psychology. We also highlight some of the most popularized social psychology experiments, including the Marshmallow Test, the Milgram Shock Experiment, and the Stanford Prison Experiment.
The Five-Year Engagement provided lots of examples of do’s and don’t of conducting research. Read more about the ethics of using deception in research here.
A major theme of the movie is balancing a relationship with an academic career. Learn more about this common dilemma here.
We also discuss how resentment plays a role in Violent and Tom’s relationship challenges. Read more about how resentment can impact relationships in this article.