Lecture Social Interactions in the Modern World

Lecture Social Interactions in the Modern World - Lecture:...

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Nature of groups I. groups seem automatic, big - Role of communication (Dunbar; gossip) Dunbar says language is a crucial bridge that allowed us to start forming bigger groups which led to technological developments that have got us to where we are today - theory: interactions through Facebook are important because so many people engage in it, content is frivolous but the psychological function is very profound and important; the conversations are the psychological equivalent of grooming one another (like non- human primates); in order to have a successful social group have to be able to maintain a connection with others in the group - language enables us maintain social connections and gossip to many other people in big groups - function in gossip: for group to establish social norms and to maintain social connection with others - there are limits to communication that is why group sizes rarely get bigger than 140-150 people because it’s the max number we can meaningfully maintain - need to connect = basic psychological need
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2011 for the course PSY 301 taught by Professor Pennebaker during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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