Social PsychologySheehanPsyc 221
What’s social psychology about?Social psychology –a broad field of study that includes how individuals perceive and think about other people, as well as how the presence of other people can influence individuals’ behaviors.How behavior is influenced by other people and the social context
Some key termsSocial norms -– General rules for a group (big or small; e.g., society vs. classroom)•Usually unwritten and unspoken rules•What are social norms of riding on an elevator?•What would happen if you broke these social norms?Social roles -– Guidelines for specificpositions within a group (e.g., student, professor, parent)– Classic empirical example, the Stanford Prison Study - roleplaying gone terribly wrong (Zimbardo, 1971)
Stanford Prison Study•Phil Zimbardo (1971)•Young men randomly assigned to role play: Either (1) a prisoneror (2) a prison guard •Was supposed to last for 2 weeks, but had to be shut down after 6 days…
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Aggression and Violence
Warm UpDiscussion: Dear AbbyListen to the following scenarioReflect on who you think is right (and why)
Overview•Introduction•Internal Factors•External Factors•Reducing Aggression•Catharsis•Punishment•Successful Interventions
IntroductionDefining Aggression: BehaviorIntentionalUndesired by victimAggression vs. Violence:Violence: aggression intended to cause extreme physical harmAll violent acts are aggressiveBut not all aggressive acts are violent
Activity: Aggression vs. ViolenceAggression vs. ViolenceViolent, Aggressive, both, or neither?
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