2007_06_11 Introduction to Social Psychology

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2007_06_11 SOC 340 Introduction to Social Psychology 1. What is Social Psychology? 1.1.The systematic study of the nature of human social behavior (DeLamater and Myers, 2007) 1.2.The study of how individuals within society think about, influence, and relate to one another (Myers, 2005) a) Also incorporates self-view 2. Focuses of social psychology 2.1.Human social behavior: a) Activities of individuals b) Social interaction b/w individuals c) Relationships b/w individuals and groups 2.2.Causes of behavior: a) Searching for pre-conditions of behavior 2.3.Systematic: a) Formal research methodologies 3. Two major branches 3.1.Sociological – what are external forces acting on people 3.2.Psychological – what are the internal processes that differentiate people under the impact of essentially the same forces 4. Three major analytical approaches 4.1.Experimental 4.2.Quantitative studies 4.3.Qualitative observations 5. Sociology tries to be a science 5.1.Why does sociology try to do this? 6. Core interests of social psychology
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course SOC 340 taught by Professor Shilpisarkar during the Summer '07 term at Purdue.

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