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PSY2020_CHAPTER16 - Chapter 16 Social Behavior Social...

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Chapter 16: Social Behavior Social Psychology Branch of psychology concerned with the way individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and  behavior are influenced by others. Person perception: the process of forming impressions of others. o To what extent do people’s expectations color their impressions of others? Attribution processes Interpersonal attraction: positive feelings towards another. o Feelings such as: love, lust, friendship, admiration and liking. Attitudes: positive pr negative evaluations of objects of thought. o “objects of thought” may include things like social issues (capital punishment or  gun control). Groups such as liberals or farmers Institutions such as the Supreme Court or the Lutheran church Consumer products (yogurt, computers) People (president, neighbor) Conformity and Obedience: o Conformity occurs when people yield to real or imagines social pressure. o Obedience is a form of compliance that occurs when people follow direct  commands usually from people with some position of authority. Behavior in groups Person Perception: Forming Impressions of Others Effects of physical appearance:  Judgments of others’ personalities are often swayed by their appearance,  especially in physical attractiveness. o Good-looking people are seen as friendlier, but in reality no correlation  exists. They are seen as more competent. o However there is little impact when deciding whether one is honest and  judgment on their integrity. Cognitive Schemas: (social schemas) organized clusters of ideas about categories of  social events. o People have social schemas for events such as dates, picnics, committee  meetings, and family reunions. o Also, for certain categories of people like dumb jocks, frat rats and social  climbers. Individuals depends on social schemas because the schemas help  them to efficiently process and store the wealth of information that  they take in about others in their interactions.
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