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The level of popularity you experienced in childhood and adolescence is still affecting you today in ways that you may not even realize. Learn about how psychologists study popularity and how these same concepts can be used in adulthood to be more successful at work, become better parents, and have a happier life....
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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week

Approx. 10 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

How is Popularity Affecting Your Life as an Adult?

We will review how popularity is changing your social information processing and DNA expression....
Reading
5 videos (Total 55 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Is Popularity in Our DNA?13m
How Popularity Affects Us Thousands of Times a Day15m
Do You Have a Hostile Attribution Bias?9m
Do You Have a Rejection Sensitivity Bias?6m
Reading2 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz20m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

How Do We Study Popularity Scientifically?

We will discuss the ways that we have identified different subgroups of kids and adults who have different popularity profiles....
Reading
5 videos (Total 40 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Asking Peers About Children’s Popularity6m
What are the 5 Categories of “Sociometric Popularity”?7m
Does Popularity Change When Moving to a New Context?5m
A New Form of Popularity in Adolescence?9m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz 20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Why are Some People More Popular Than Others? (Part 1)

We will discuss what behaviors popular people engage in, and what types of specific behaviors make people unpopular almost immediately. Implications for adult relationships will be discussed....
Reading
4 videos (Total 36 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Other Social Behaviors That Make People Popular7m
What Forms of Aggression are Related to Popularity and Rejection?6m
What Functions of Aggression are Related to Popularity and Rejection? 11m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz18m

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1 hour to complete

Why are Some People More Popular Than Others? (Part 2)

We will review why facial and body attractiveness plays a role in popularity and how parents can make their children more popular....
Reading
4 videos (Total 53 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Body Attractiveness and Popularity11m
Can Smart Kids be Popular?13m
How Did Your Parents Determine How Popular You Were?14m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz18m

Instructor

Dr. Mitch Prinstein

John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Author of Popular: The Power of Likeability in a Status-Obsessed World
UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

About The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is known around the world for innovative teaching and research. Regularly ranked as the nation’s best value for academic quality, UNC has produced the most Rhodes Scholars for the past 25 years among U.S. public research universities....

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