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Introduction%20%28Lecture%201%29 - Psychology 24000:...

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Psychology 24000: Introduction to Social Psychology Instructor: Prof. D. E. Carlston Fall, 2008
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COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. How social psychologists think. 2. Knowledge and principles. 3. Implications for everyday life.
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Social Psychology is… The subfield of psychology that deals with… - the ordinary, everyday behavior - of normal adults - who are interacting with, or in relation to, - other people
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SOME EXAMPLES Jury processes Personal Space Advertising Interpersonal attraction
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Social Psychology Developmental Psychology Cognitive Psychology Clinical Psychology Comparative Psychology Neuro/Physiological Psychology Fields of Psychology Focus on groups, interpersonal context Focus on individual, physical mechanisms
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Neuro/Physiological Psychology Reductionism Focus on groups, interpersonal context Focus on individual, physical mechanisms
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EVERYTHING can be explained by neural activity in the brain
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Counter-argument It is often difficult or impossible to explain complex, overt behavior or phenomena in terms of underlying physical (or neural) mechanics.
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Multiple levels of approach desirable Social psychology is one of the highest levels (Sociology, economics, political science are higher) Within social psychology, there are also multiple levels of approach.
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Group Processes Personal Relationships Attitudes Social Cognition Personality Areas of Social Psychology Focus on groups, interpersonal context Focus on individual, physical mechanisms
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THE PERSON THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT BEHAVIOR PERCEPTION NORMS INFLUENCE
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The syllabus Remember that the syllabus is mostly just my estimate of when we will get around to different material, though the exams will probably be when it says, even if other things get changed. But you are responsible for keeping track of changes that are announced in class, e-mailed to you, posted on Blackboard or about which I spread rumors in other ways.
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Contact info from Syllabus Psychology 24000: Introduction to Social Psychology Purdue University-Fall 2008
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