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Social Psychology Portfolio

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Rebecca Richardson Social Psych 350 Dr. Hult-Lunstad Social Psychology Portfolio September 4, 2010 Entry #1 The concept in the chapter that I am writing about is hindsight bias , or the inclination to say after the fact that one knew at the beginning how an event would turn out. This is sometimes called the “I-knew-it-all-along-phenomenon”. In other words, one tends to believe that anything they are told is a fact is true, even if beforehand they were leaning in the opposite direction. An example of this concept displayed in my own life came this week when my roommate and I were discussing plastic surgery in Utah. She told me that Utah has one of the highest percentage rates of plastic surgery. At first I thought this remark was not surprising. I immediately began thinking how this statement could be true and I came up with the reason that our church deals a lot with perfection. There is always room for improvement and if one is not able to reach the ideal they may turn to surgery. Later that day I was at work and I told a co- worker that same fact that my roommate told me. He suggested that maybe Utah has such a high percentage rate of plastic surgery due to cosmetic surgery, such as getting a birthmark removed or Lasik eye surgery. In my mind this makes more sense but because my roommate stated the information to me as a fact, I made my thoughts conform to fit her statement. This is an example of hindsight bias because as soon as I heard a different point of view I quickly changed my opinion, telling my co-worker that made just as much sense as the original statement that Utah has the highest rate of plastic surgery. I do not know which one of these statements is true but I found ways to justify both of them to sound equally true. September 10, 2010 Entry #2 The concept that I will be discussing is the three big influences that affect our social behavior which are social thinking, social influences, and social relations . Social thinking
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