Psych City

Psych City

A Simulated Community

1st Edition - January 1, 1973

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Psych City is a book that is used as a guide to organize a simulated community. The goal of the book is not only to create a simulated community, but also to provide opportunities for those involved in the experience to learn the events and patterns of life found in the community and examine the psychological, social, and political systems that are found in the community. The book is divided into two sections. Section I is the simulation proper, and gives detailed descriptions of simulated living conditions such as geography, population, housing, government, education, finance, and taxes. The first part also assigns the participants to the different roles they have to play and gives the community problems to solve. The second part is made up of sets of readings and exercises that pertain to the different situations found in the simulated community. The text is recommended for psychology, sociology, and anthropology professors that wish to give an interactive learning experience for the entire class, as well as those who wish to further study about community and conduct social experiments.

Table of Contents

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    Section I Psych City Simulation

    Chapter 1 What is Psych City?

    Chapter 2 The Community

    Geographical Description


    Economic Structure





    Chapter 3 The Problems

    1 School Integration

    2 Vacant Land Usage

    3 Welfare Plan

    4 Citizen Protection Problem

    5 Drug Program

    6 Use of Downtown Land

    7 Low-Income Housing

    8 High School Disruption

    9 Equal Employment for Women

    10 Sex Education

    11 Your Own Problem

    12 Your Own Problem

    Chapter 4 The People

    Chapter 5 The Town Meeting


    The Initial Meeting


    The Caucus

    Outside Feedback

    Role Playing in Psych City

    Section II Readings and Exercises

    Chapter 6 Role Expectancies

    A Not-So-Free Association

    Case Study of a Nonconscious Ideology: Training the Woman to Know Her Place

    The Warm-Cold Variable in First Impressions of Persons

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 6

    Chapter 7 Interpersonal Perception

    Is There a Red China?

    They Saw a Game: A Case Study

    Readiness to Perceive Violence as a Result of Police Training

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 7

    Chapter 8 Communication

    Machines Take Over

    Communication, A Social Tool

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 8

    Chapter 9 Norms and Reference Groups

    Food for All His Dead

    Class and Conformity: An Interpretation

    Effects of Group Pressure upon the Modification and Distortion of Judgments

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 9

    Chapter 10 Social Power

    Machines and Bosses

    Stevenson—Tragedy and Greatness

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Excerpt)

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 10

    Chapter 11 Group Decision Making

    Election Coverage Computed

    A Political Decision-Making Model

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 11

    Chapter 12 Individual Change

    The Illusionless Man and the Visionary Maid (Abridged)

    Positive Principles

    Resistance to Change

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 12

    Chapter 13 Group and Community Change

    Chaos Over School Busing

    The Vertical Negro Plan

    Two Strategies of Social Change and Their Dilemmas

    "The Cost of Living" from Idiots First

    Change Does Not Have to Be Haphazard

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 13

    Chapter 14 Evaluation of the Psych City Experience

    The Problems of Measurement of Role Playing Exercises

    Exercises and Discussion Topics for Chapter 14

    References and Recommended Readings

Product details

  • No. of pages: 346
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1973
  • Published: January 1, 1973
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483150086

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