Lecture13-SocialPsych1,6

Lecture13-SocialPsych1,6 - 11/8/10 Lecture outline CHAPTER...

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11/8/10 1 CHAPTER 13: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Lecture 13: Social Influence; Prosocial Behavior and Aggression (p. 534-558) Lecture outline Introduction to social psychology Social influence Prosocial behavior and aggression Introduction to Social Psychology What is social psychology? The scientific study of… how our thoughts, feelings, and actions influence our behavior toward others how the behavior of others influences our thoughts feelings and actions For better and worse Why do we need social psychology? Because humans are a social species! From birth onward Remember attachment theory From our ancient evolutionary ancestors onward Early hominids spent time in small and consistent social groups 150 is (not) the loneliest number ! The approximate size of most human social groups (Robin Dunbar) Related to size of cerebral cortex?
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11/8/10 2 Why do we form these groups? Need to belong theory Biologically based need for interpersonal connections Supported by recent evidence from neuroimaging More on this soon! Social influence: The good & the bad Social facilitation 1 st study of social psychology Race faster! I’m going to beat you! Social influence: The good & the bad Social impairment Evaluation creates arousal Yerkes-Dodson law With hard, new, or uncertain tasks observation can lead to impaired performance Conformity, obedience, etc. not inherently bad Beware the Fundamental Attribution Error! Aka the correspondence bias Tendency to overestimate the impact of dispositional influences on other people’s behavior May vary by culture Social Influence Forms of social influence Conformity Compliance Obedience Being in a group
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11/8/10 3 You’re on Candid Camera! Why do people act this way? Conformity
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Lecture13-SocialPsych1,6 - 11/8/10 Lecture outline CHAPTER...

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