This is a paper that requires the student to discuss the likelihood of positive feelings wearing off in a new country. The paper also provides additional questions to use in the answering of the assignment paper well.
The likelihood of positive feelings wearing off in a new country
1. When moving to a new country, most people first feel a sense of excitement and wonder. How are they most likely to feel when those positive feelings wear off? (1 point)
2. Someone moving to the US after having grown up in Chile is likely to struggle to adapt to the US more than someone moving to the US after having grown up in Canada. This is best seen as an example of ____________________. (1 point)
3. A recent study found that ________________prefer entertainment that creates conflicting responses (e.g., feeling positive and negative, laughing and crying). (1 point)
4. Colleges, including Canisius, are especially mindful of the struggles of first-generation college students. (2 points)
a). Firstly, based on research from Stephens et al on cultural fit, briefly describe the issues first-generation college students may have with adjusting to college.
b). Secondly, make a recommendation for what colleges should do to try and accommodate first-generation college students to alleviate the issues you identified in part a of this question.
5. The United States incarcerates the most absolute number of people in the world (over 2 million, vs ~1.5 million for China), as well as the most people per capita (~720 per 100,000 in the US, vs ~580 per 100,000 in Russia). This tendency the US has for mass incarceration might be explained with the fundamental attribution error. (2 points)
a). Firstly, explain the fundamental attribution error (in your own words).
b). Secondly, apply the fundamental attribution error to the United States’ unique tendency toward mass incarceration.
6. Thirdly, based on research on the Big Five personality traits across regions of the U.S. (by Rentfrow), would you expect to see differences in aggression in different regions of the US? (2 points)
a). Fourthly, based on Rentfrow’s research, what differences would you expect in aggression across regions of the US? Justify your answer.
b). Research on culture of honor suggests that the south is the most aggressive region. Does this fit with your answer in part a of this question above? If not, how might this contradiction be resolved?
7. Additionally, Pam, an office worker from Pennsylvania, showed up to work (in the United States). wearing a Halloween costume, only to find that no one else was dressed up for Halloween. (2 points)
a). How would you expect Pam to emotionally react to this, and why?
b). How would you expect her to react if she were from (and in) an interdependent culture?