HIEU201Lecture13

HIEU201Lecture13 - PSYC 260 Sept 18th , 2008 Topic 4:...

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PSYC 260 Sept 18 th , 2008 Topic 4: Social Perception Assumption is that people are trying to be accurate in understanding other people 1. How do they do so? What information do we use and how do we use it? a. Nonverbal Behavior i. One of the first things we notice ii. How do we use it? Book written not always accurate iii. Two steps: Notice; Interpret iv. Gestures b. Implicit Personality Theories i. Another type of schemas ii. A way of “filling in the blanks” by grouping personality traits together (e.g. stereotypes) iii. Cultural differences c. What we want to known from acts to dispositions . . . i. We want to know what’s inside other people—their feelings, motives, dispositions ii. How do we figure this out? 2. Attribution Theory: The all important “Why” Question a. How do we explain the causes of other people’s behavior? b. Why is it important to do so? c. Attributions to internal (something about the person) vs external (outside of control) factors d. Making an internal or external attribution:
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HIEU201Lecture13 - PSYC 260 Sept 18th , 2008 Topic 4:...

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