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Sept. 5 2008 (What Is Social Psychology)

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Sociology – September 5 th 2008 What is Social Psychology? - Exploring individual experiences in their social and cultural context The Types Of Questions Social Psychologists Ask: - Why are some people effective leaders and others not? - What makes people fall in love? What makes them fall out of love? - Why can people cooperate so easily in some situations but not in others? Approaches To Answering These Questions: - Personal Experience and Common Sense o Things we learn by noting what happens when we interact with others in everyday life - The Scientific Method o Formulating theories, collecting data, and testing hypotheses Hypothesis as “if…….then” propositions.
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Unformatted text preview: Urban-Rural Differences in China-City Scene – busy and crowded-Country Side - quite and empty Impact of Urban School Relocation-The place: City of Hefei and a rural area called Bin Hu Xin Qu.-The problem and the strategy for dealing with it.-The types of questions a city planner would ask compared with the types of questions a social psychologist would ask. A Formal Definition Of Social Psychology- The systematic study of the nature and causes of human social behavior- systematic = scientific- nature = descriptive `- causes = explanatory- behavior = thoughts, feelings, and actions....
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