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Social Psychology PSY 2012 03.20.08 Social Cognition Social Influences Prejudice & Stereotypes
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A branch of psychology concerned with A branch of psychology concerned with how we think about, influence, and relate to how we think about, influence, and relate to one another one another Social Psychology Social Psychology We almost always behave differently differently when we are with other people! We often try to understand other’s behaviors.
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___________ theory We are all scientists: seeking to explain human behavior Attribution theory = a group of theories that describe how people explain the causes of behavior 2 kinds of attributions Personal Situational
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Two types of attributions: Personal the cause is something internal to the person: mood Ability personality effort He didn’t study enough he isn’t very smart he was sick he’s lazy.
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Two types of attributions: Situational the cause is something external to the person: task Other people luck Test wasn’t fair It was hot in the room Nothing he studied was on the exam
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Social cognition Social cognition : : ________ ________ and attitudes attitudes about the behavior of others. Example: Someone cuts you off on Apalachee parkway What do you think to yourself?
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Social Cognition Social Cognition That guy/girl is a S**T driver What an idiot Shouldn’t even have a license Get them off the road What if YOU are the one who cuts someone off? I’m just in a hurry I’m not a bad driver, I’m just trying to get home after a long day.
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Social Thinking Social Thinking ____________ ____________ __________ __________ ______ ______ The tendency to attribute the behavior of
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