The Individual in the Social World - Summer College Programs

Cornell University

  • June 24 2017

  • New dates coming soon

  • 11th - College senior

  • Yes


The Individual in the Social World / Cornell Summer College Programs for High School Students The information on this site pertains to the Summer College 2015 program. If you would like to be notified when 2016 information and applications are available, please join the Summer College announcement list. We also invite you to become a fan of our Summer College Facebook Page. Please see our Upcoming program dates page for 2016 program dates. The Individual in the Social World This intensive introduction to psychology has long been a favorite with Summer College students. It explores how we, as individuals, understand and get along in the broader social world. Humans are a social species, and our connection to one another is a core element of our experience. In this program we'll examine how and why people act differently in the same situation, sometimes as a result of the culture in which they were raised, the family in which they grew up, or the genetic make-up they inherited. We'll also discuss how and why different situations, especially social situations, channel behavior in particular directions, minimizing and overcoming differences between individuals. In addressing these themes, we'll investigate such questions as: Why do we hold stereotypes? How do we decide what motivates other people's actions? How are beliefs and attitudes formed and changed? How do invisible social norms influence our behavior? What factors determine whom we like and love? What is the nature of emotional experience? Why are people capable of great cruelty and inspiring altruism? Along the way, we'll learn how these questions can be scientifically studied, so that our knowledge of human behavior can rest on a solid foundation and go beyond the speculations offered for millennia by philosophers, poets, and other astute observers. In addition, we'll put our theories into action. After exploring careers in the field of psychology, we'll review selected case studies, learn basic counseling skills, and discuss the signs of depression and suicidal ideation. We'll focus on how to help a friend, and we'll meet with residents of a substance-abuse recovery center and people challenged by mental illness. Students should be prepared to: participate in their daily sections, and be attentive during the daily lectures. You'll be enrolled in Personality and Social Psychology: The Individual in the Social World (PSYCH 1280). This course meets Mondays through Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., and either: Note: You may want to consider combining this program with another three-week program to create a six-week Dual Program. This title will be available at The Cornell Store. Friday, July 3: In observance of Independence Day, we will not have classes. Before making travel plans, review the checkout dates and times for your program. We strictly adhere to these deadlines. Thomas Gilovich is the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research. He obtained his BA from the University of California and his PhD from Stanford University and has taught at Cornell since 1981. In 2012, Gilovich received the honor of being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which includes leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts. Gilovich's research examines how people make judgments and decisions in their everyday and professional lives. This has led him to study judgments and decisions in the world of politics, economics, sports, and relationships. Currently, he is focusing on the interrelationship between intuition and reason in decision-making. Gilovich is most widely known for his research that debunks the _СТhot hand_Сќ in basketball and for his first two books, How We Know What Isn_Сйt So and Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes. He is also the author of Heuristics and Biases (with Dale Griffin and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, 2002) and Social Psychology (with Dacher Keltner and Richard Nisbett, 2010). Gilovich teaches judgment and social psychology to undergraduate students at Cornell. Karen "Casey" Carr is the associate dean of students for mental health awareness at Cornell University and advisor to Cornell Minds Matter, a student-run mental health advocacy group. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell in 1974 and her master's in social work from Syracuse University. Her career experience includes the Tompkins County Probation Department, Elmira Psychiatric Hospital, Cornell Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service, and sixteen years in private practice. She teaches a seminar on positive psychology and is writing manuals for Cornell's faculty and staff on noticing and helping students in distress. She has taught the Summer College psychology seminar for over twenty years. The following students have attended this program. Read about their experiences! "Professor Gilovich is easily one of the smartest and most engaging teachers I have had." _СУ Michael Kellner "Everything about the Intro to Social Psychology course was amazing, but my favorite aspects would have to be the lectures and the career seminars. Professor Gilovich was so engaging that I really looked forward to his lectures every day. The career seminars were also very beneficial. We covered topics from mental illnesses to the benefits of studying social psychology. The best part about this course is that I can apply everything I learned to everyday life!" _СУ Oluwaremilekun Ojurongbe

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Ithaca, New York


June 24 2017

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Grade Levels

11th / 12th / College junior / College senior

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December 17 2019

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June 24 2017

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July 15 2017

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