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general psych lecture 1 social psych- the scientifc study oF how people ʼ s thoughts, Feelings, and behaviors are in±uenced by other people description- careFul reliable observation explantation- development oF theories that connect and organize observation anthropologists - cultural variations in social behaviors such as love and Friendship evolutionary biologists- similarities b/w humans and other animals historians and sociologists- how social behaviors re±ect peculiar event and customs economist and ecologists- how social behaviors and thoughts re±ect trade-oFFs in allocating scares resources theories- scientifc explanations that connect organize observations and suggest FruitFul paths For Future research sociocultural perspective- a theoretical viewpoint the searches For the causes oF social behavior in in±uences From larger social group drives: Forces in larger social groups such as norms within cultural groups social class diFFerences nationality/ethnicity Fads theorist might ask: what are the diFFerences in social behavior across cultures Social norm- a rule or expectation For appropriate social behavior culture- the belieFs customs, habits and language shared by the people living in a particular time and place evolutionary perspective- a theoretical viewpoint that searches For the causes oF social behavior in the physical and psychological predisposition that our ancestors survive and reproduce drives: genetic predispositions inherited From our ancestors that promoted their survival and reproduction such as the tendency to automatically recognize an angry Face the tendency For mothers to Feel protective oF their children theorists would ask: are there similarities in social behaviors across species? what are the similarites in social behavior across cultures and historical periods? natural selection-
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2011 for the course PSYC 001 taught by Professor Carlivati during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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