Social - Social Psychology Roadmap Introduction to Social...

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1 Social Psychology Roadmap Introduction to Social Psychology Attributions • Fundamental Attribution Error Cognitive Dissonance Social Influence Categories • Conformity: Asch study • Obedience: Milgram Study Bystander Intervention Social Psychology Definition • “the scientific study of how a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the real, imagined, or implied presence of others”
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2 Attributions Definition • Process of judging the cause of an event Types of Attributions • Dispositional • Situational Effects of attributions Attributions Fundamental Attribution Error Use of word “error” Definition • Tendency for observers to overestimate the causal influence of personality factors on behavior and underestimate the causal role of situational influences
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3 Fundamental Attribution Error Explaining OWN behavior Conclusions Attitudes and Behaviors Relationship Cognitive Dissonance Theory Introduction • Cognitive Dissonance Definition: Unpleasant state of psychological arousal resulting from an inconsistency among one’s important attitudes/beliefs/behaviors • Engaging in a behavior contrary to beliefs can cause you to change your attitude
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