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PSY311chapter1 - Ch. 1 Social Psychology is the scientific...

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Ch. 1 Social Psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another (focuses on the individual) Social thinking How we perceive ourselves and others What we believe Judgments we make Our attitudes Social influence Culture and biology Pressures to conform Persuasion Groups of people Social relations Prejudice Aggression Attraction and intimacy Helping Social psychology’s big ideas We construct our social reality Our biases and personalities cause us to view through different lenses Our social intuitions are often powerful but sometimes deceiving i.e. implicit memory, automatic processing, heuristics, spontaneous trait inference availability heuristic: social cognition bias where vivid/memorable events leads people to overestimate the frequency of occurrence of these events Social influences shape our behavior Society and other external social forces affect our attitudes and behaviors Personal (inner) Attitudes and dispositions also shape behavior Social behavior is biologically rooted Our inherited human nature predisposes us to behave in ways that helped our ancestors survive and reproduce To understand social behavior we must consider both biological and social influences i.e. stress hormones affect how we feel/act; social support
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2008 for the course PSY 311 taught by Professor Nacoste during the Fall '08 term at N.C. State.

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PSY311chapter1 - Ch. 1 Social Psychology is the scientific...

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