Social Psychology Chapter 1

Social Psychology Chapter 1 - Theory: an integrated set of...

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Introducing Social Psychology Social Psychology is the scientific study of: Social influence –culture and biology - Pressures to conform - Persuasion - Groups of people Social Relations - Helping - Aggression - Attraction and intimacy - Prejudice Social Thinking - How we perceive ourselves and others - what we believe - Judgments we make - Our attitudes Social Psychology the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another Major themes in social psychology: -Social Influence –Social influence shape behaviour - Disposition shape behaviour -Social Relations – Social behaviour is also biological behaviour - Relating to others is a basic need -Social Thinking – We construct our social reality - Our social intuitions are powerful, sometimes perilous -Applying Social Psychology - Social psychology’s principles are applicable to everyday life Integrative explanation Theology Philosophy Sociology Social Psychology Biology Chemistry Physics Elemental explanation
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Unformatted text preview: Theory: an integrated set of principles that explain and predict observed events Hypothesis: A testable proposition that describes a relationship that may exist between events Experimental research: studies that seek clues to cause-effect relationships by manipulating one or more factors (independent variables) while controlling others (holding them constant) Social psychology is a science that studies the influences of our situations, with special attention to how we view and affect one another. Personal attitudes and dispositions also shape behaviour Social behaviour is also biological behaviour A good theory: 1) effectively summarizes a wide range of observations 2) makes clear predictions that we can use to a) confirm or modify the theory b) generate new exploration and c) suggest practical application Random assignment: infer cause and effect Random sampling: helps us generalize a population...
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