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Unformatted text preview: PSC 151 Prof Johnson August 2, 2010 Chapter 1: Introducing Social Psychology I. What is Social Psychology A. Social Psychology-is a science that studies the influences of our situations, with special attention to how we view and affect one another, the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. 1. Focuses on individuals and uses experimentation 2. First experiments in 1898, first social texts in 1900s B. Social thinking-how we perceive ourselves and others, what we believe, judgments we believe, our attitudes C. Social influence- culture, pressures to conform, persuasion, groups of people D. Social relations- prejudice, aggression, attraction and intimacy, and helping I I. Social Psychologys Big Ideas A. We Construct our social reality 1. We view reality through the lens of our own beliefs and values 2. When we see consistent behavior in a person we attribute it to their personality B. Our social institutions are often powerful but sometimes perilous 1. Institutions shape our fears, impressions, and relationships. PSC 151 Prof Johnson 2.2....
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