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Study Guide for Exam #1 - 1 Social Psychology 350: Exam 1...

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1 Social Psychology 350: Exam 1 Study Guide The exam will consist of mostly multiple-choice questions and a few short answer questions. You will be given 3 days in which to take the exam (1 of which is a late/pay day). The multiple-choice portion of the exam will be scored in the testing center and you will receive your overall test grade in class within a week. No late exams will be permitted so plan ahead. Also, keep in mind that the last exam is given out an hour before the testing center closes. Below is a guide of important concepts covered in your text and class lectures. By no means is this identical to what will be on the exam. Much of the exam will cover important conceptual aspects that were covered both in lecture and the text. However, keep in mind that everything from the book is fair game. If you have any questions please call (422-1324) or email me ( . Good Luck! Chapter 1 - Introducing Social Psychology 1. What is Social Psychology? –studies the influences of our situations with special attentionto how we view and affect one another. The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. How is it different from Sociology- the study of people in groups and societies- soc psych focuses more on individuals with methods that more often use experimentation. or Personality Psychology - sco psych focuses less on differenece among individuals and more on how individual view and affect one another ? 2. What is the importance of levels of explanation? 3. How do human values impact Social Psychology? - social psychologists pick research topics (ex- feminist movement in 70s led to wave of research on gender and sexism, values vary ocross time AND culture, values influence the TYPES of people attracted to various disciplines (soc- people eager to challenge tradition?), values as OBJECT of soc-pysch analysis- investigate how values form, why they change, and how they influence attitudes and actions. NONE of this tells us which values are “right”. ALSO, science is not purely objective, we have our own social representations and culture that bias our opinion, scientists make value judgements (ex- what defines the “good life”?), values lie hidden in our cultural definitions of mental health, our psychological advice for living, our concepts, and our psychological labels. 4. What is the naturalistic fallacy? - what is natural is good or right and what is unnatural is bag or wrong 5. What is hindsight bias? - tendency to exaggereate, after learning an outsome, ones ability to have foreseen how something turned out. The I-knew-it-all-along phenomomenon. 6. Know what correlational –the study of the naturally occurring relationships among variables and experimental research - studies that seek clues to cause and effect relationships by manipulating one or more factors (ind. Variables) while controlling others (holding them constant) are. How are they different? What are the advantages
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Study Guide for Exam #1 - 1 Social Psychology 350: Exam 1...

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