Social Psychology

Social Psychology - Lecture Outline: Social Psychology...

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Lecture Outline: Social Psychology Social Psychology A. Social cognition - what's going on with other people, and why do people do the things they do? 1. Internal - they think it 2. External - things beyond their control, not cognitive - looks for something in the situation to explain the behavior A. The power of the situation A. Social Cognition 1. Attributions a. Fundamental attribution error: When explaining another person’s behavior, we tend to overestimate personal factors and underestimate situational causes. 1. Belief in a just world a. We think that the world is fair, and people get what they deserve. b. We believe that good is rewarded, and evil is punished. c. Thus, we assume that if someone has had a bad experience, then they must have done something to deserve it. This leads to blaming innocent victims. 1. Stereotypes a. All stereotypes include the beliefs that 1. People in a group are all alike. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2010 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Loeb during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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