Lec1.1 - Social Psychology is The subfield of psychology...

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Social Psychology is… The subfield of psychology that deals with… - the ordinary, everyday behavior - of normal adults - who are interacting with, or in relation to, - other people
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Social Psychology Developmental Psychology Cognitive Psychology Clinical Psychology Comparative Psychology Neuro/Physiological Psychology Reductionism Focus on groups, interpersonal context Focus on individual, physical mechanisms
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Counter-argument It is often difficult or impossible to explain complex, overt behavior or phenomena in terms of underlying physical (or neural) mechanics.
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Multiple levels of approach desirable Social psychology is one of the highest levels (Sociology, economics, political science are higher) Within social psychology, there are also multiple levels of approach.
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TODAY’S (actual) LECTURE History of Psychology 1. Philosophical roots 2. Early Psychologies 3. The death of Behaviorism 4. Cognitive Psychology 5. Social Psychology
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Biological Determinism Traits and roles are determined at birth Behavior (and fate) stem from innate characteristics & biological mechanisms Societies inevitably evolve to exploit individual differences and accommodate biological imperatives (like needs for food, shelter, companionship, etc.)
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