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You enter a class and sit by a student, who tells you that Dr. Martin is hard and boring and does...

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You enter a class and sit by a student, who tells you that Dr. Martin is hard and boring and does not care whether the students learn or not. At the end of the lecture, a friend asks you about Dr. Martin's class, and you tell her that a student you met before class was "certainly right" about Dr. Martin. His lecture was boring, and he does not care about his students. Your friend replies that he was the "best professor" she ever had, that he graded fairly, told interesting stories, and was always willing to help the students after class. Your original view of the teacher was due to:

a. a perceptual set.

b. precognition.

c. bottom-up processing.

d. dishabituation.

Social Cognitive:

Our opinions can be shaped by those around us as we interact and engage with people socially. The social cognitive approach explains that we are impacted by what we observe and imitate.

Answer and Explanation:

The correct answer is a. a perceptual set. The first student impacted you by describing D. Martin as boring, difficult and non caring. The second student opposed these attitudes. The original thinking was due to a perceptual set in which you based your opinions to match the first description of Dr. Martin, whether consciously or not.


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Perceptual Set: Definition and Examples

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Chapter 13 / Lesson 6
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Learn about perceptual sets in psychology. See examples of perceptual experience and thinking, and learn what factors can influence perceptual sets.


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