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Lecture 1 - Introduction

Lecture 1 - Introduction - Social Psychology Lecture 1...

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Social Psychology Lecture 1 Introduction to Social Psychology What is Social Psychology? Types of jobs (only a few are shown) -work in advertizing agencies -work with doctors -works as consultants -work as forensics 0. “The scientific field that seeks to understand the nature and causes of individual behavior and thought in social situations” (Baron & Byrne, 2003) 1. 1. The use of scientific methods in “an attempt to understand and explain how the thought, feeling, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others ” (Allport, 1985) Focus on the Individual o Study of individual behavior in social settings o Major factors that contribute to individuals’ social behavior and thoughts: a. Other persons 2. Cognitive Processes 3. Environmental variables 4. Cultural Context 5. Biological factors Themes in Social Psychology o We construct our social reality Our construal of the world and ourselves influence our judgments and perception o
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