Introduction to Social Psychology Research/Ethical issues The Person and the Situation. Social Psychology Chapters 1 & 2 August 27, 2004 Class #1. What is Social Psychology?.
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Introduction to Social PsychologyResearch/Ethical issuesThe Person and the Situation
Chapters 1 & 2
August 27, 2004
What is Social Psychology?
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by other people
Social Psychology, like any science, involves:
Description:careful and reliable observation
Explanation:Development of theories that connect and organize observations
Looks at the whats involved in large social groups such as:
rules and expectations for appropriate social behavior
beliefs, customs, habits, and language shared by the people living in a particular time and place
Social Cognitive Perspective
What we pay attention to
How we interpret and judge social situations
What we retrieve from memory (such as)
People notice the behaviors of group members who are in a minority, and exaggerate the significance of the things they do
IV2 = sex