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Careers in Social Psychology. Joyce Ehrlinger Department of Psychology Florida State University. What is Social Psychology?. The scientific study of the way in which people’s thoughts , feelings and actions are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people .

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careers in social psychology

Careers in Social Psychology

Joyce Ehrlinger

Department of Psychology

Florida State University

what is social psychology
What is Social Psychology?
  • The scientific study of the way in which people’s thoughts, feelingsandactions are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people.
social psychology at fsu
Social Psychology at FSU
  • Roy Baumeister
  • Dianne Tice
  • Jon Maner
  • Ashby Plant
  • Joyce Ehrlinger
social psychology at fsu10
Social Psychology at FSU
  • Roy Baumeister
    • Self control, rejection
  • Dianne Tice
    • Self esteem, self control
  • Ashby Plant
    • Prejudice and stereotyping
  • Jon Maner
    • Mate selection, risk taking
  • Joyce Ehrlinger
    • Confidence, perceptions of bias
social psychology at fsu11
Social Psychology at FSU
  • Roy Baumeister
    • Self control, rejection
  • Dianne Tice
    • Self esteem, self control
  • Ashby Plant
    • Prejudice and stereotyping
  • Jon Maner
    • Mate selection, risk taking
  • Joyce Ehrlinger
    • Confidence, perceptions of bias
social psychology at fsu17
Social Psychology at FSU
  • Roy Baumeister
    • Self control, rejection
  • Dianne Tice
    • Self esteem, self control
  • Ashby Plant
    • Prejudice and stereotyping
  • Jon Maner
    • Mate selection, risk taking
  • Joyce Ehrlinger
    • Confidence, perceptions of bias
slide18
Amadou Diallo (9/2/1975-2/4/1999)
    • Police officers opened fire. 41 shots, hitting Diallo 19 times.
    • No weapons on his body. He was reaching for his wallet.
social psychology at fsu22
Social Psychology at FSU
  • Roy Baumeister
    • Self control, rejection
  • Dianne Tice
    • Self esteem, self control
  • Ashby Plant
    • Prejudice and stereotyping
  • Jon Maner
    • Mate selection, risk taking
  • Joyce Ehrlinger
    • Confidence, perceptions of bias
slide25

What do Social Psychologists Do?

  • Teach/research but not just in Psychology departments
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Education
    • Marketing
    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Law
    • Medicine
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What do Social Psychologists Do?

  • Many social psychologists are employed in industry
    • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    • Big Business
    • Gallup Polling Organization
    • Consumer Reports
    • Software Companies
    • Marketing research/marketing
    • Advertising
slide28

Examples

  • Gary Klein
    • Social psychologist teaching expert thinking to novices
slide29

Examples

  • David Bonniger
    • Social Psychologist in Rehabilitation Technology
slide30

Examples

  • Market Research Consultant
    • Answers questions for businesses using basic research techniques
      • How satisfied are customers?
      • How can new products and services be designed to be maximally appealing?
      • Who are the most valuable customers?
examples
Examples
  • John Lauber
    • Human factors research in airline industry
      • How to design systems that maximize safety
examples32
Examples
  • Susan Ferguson, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    • Design ways to minimize losses due to death, injury & property damage
slide33

Examples

  • Trial Consultant
    • jury selection
    • helps the trial team to develop a presentation
    • tests out the approach with ‘mock juries’
slide34

Examples

  • Social Science Analyst
    • Carolyn Copper, National Security Division for U.S. Government
      • Provides policymakers with recommendations on how to promote the security of the American people.
slide35

Examples

  • Christine Sannerud, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
      • Reviews research and makes recommendations regarding
        • Controlling the manufacture of illicit drugs
        • Laws regarding drug control
slide36

What do Social Psychologists Do?

  • Government
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Census Bureau
    • CIA /FBI
slide37

Becoming a Social Psychologist

  • Graduate school
    • complete coursework and research
    • gain teaching experience
    • financial assistance
getting into grad school in social psychology
Getting into grad school in social psychology
  • High GPA
  • research experience
  • good GRE scores
  • strong letters of recommendation
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Helpful Websites

  • www.socialpsychology.org
  • www.spsp.org
  • www.psy.fsu.edu