We began the course by considering Cialdini’s click-whirr metaphor for persuasion. Now, at the completion of the course, to what extent do you think that automatic versus controlled processing is important in persuasion? How do automatic and controlled processes interact with the other major entities of persuasion (source, message, and audience) to determine the effectiveness of persuasion attempts? Be specific in your discussion and be sure to reference your course materials.
For some individuals, adolescence marks the beginning of lifelong externalizing problems including antisocial behavior. For others, it is a brief phase of experimentation. It is extremely difficult to predict which adolescents will continue these behaviors into adulthood. Based on what we’ve learned these past weeks, which factors do you think are the most important in determining which adolescents present higher risk? What can organizations (i.e., schools, community groups) do to help move these teens onto a normal developmental pathway.