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Chapter 1 – The Field of Social Psychology:  How We Think About and Interact  with Others Social psychology  – the scientific field that seeks to understand the nature and causes of  individual behavior and thought in social situations.  Social thinking   Social influence   Social relations   Social Psychology is Scientific in Nature   - The term science itself refers not to topics  of interest such as physics or biochemistry, but to two things: A set of values Several methods that can be used to study a wide range of topics. Values  associated with a science. 1. Order  -  2. Determinism  –  3. Accuracy  –  4. Objectivity  –  5. Open - mindedness  – 
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6. Skepticism  – Social Psychology Focuses on the Behavior of Individuals Here we need to distinguish between social psychology and sociology.  Sociologists and social psychologists share an interest in studying how people behave in  groups.  While most sociologists study groups, from small to very large, most social  psychologists study average individuals –  Social Psychology Seeks to Understand the Causes of Social Behavior and Thought 5 major categories: 1. The Actions and Characteristics of Other Persons 2. Cognitive Processes   3. Environmental variables:  Impact of the Physical World 4. Cultural Context   5. Biological Factors   Evolutionary psychology  - stresses principles of natural selection and  adaptation as major determinants of social behavior.  The process of evolution  involves 3 main components: Variation  – 
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Inheritance  –  Selection  –  It’s important to keep in mind that physical evolution occurs over a very  long period of time.   Also, keep in mind that evolutionary psychology does NOT 
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2010 for the course PSYC 2040 taught by Professor Adair during the Spring '10 term at LSU.

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