BB_101_S2010_Social Psychology

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Note: this outline is not to be distributed or posted on other sites; that is copyright infringement It is very important to take detailed notes, to augment this outline. Read through these notes before coming to class. It should help your note-taking to be most efficient. I. Social Psychology What is it? How are “others” involved with you and/or influence you? o person perception o making attributions o interpersonal attraction o attitudes o conformity/obedience o other: how you work in a group, etc. II. Person perception What factors influence it? o physical appearance generally, people who are: taller of normal weight make eye contact have good posture wear nice clothes are physically attractive … make more favorable impressions. does it affect elections? Need to be taller perhaps affects salary: 7% less People who are more attractive are judged more favorably than those who are unattractive: attorneys try to make people look better even mothers are not blind to attractiveness of their babies: mothers of attractive babies play with them more o Cognitive schemas—what is this?-cluster ideas together why do we use these? stereotypes—what’s this? common types: gender, ethnicity, occupation Males-more aggressive, better at math Females-better verbal skills, more nurturing, more emotional what’s a disadvantage of using a cognitive schema (e.g. stereotype)? It could be wrong cognitive schemas confirmation bias illusory correlation (we have stats in our favor) evolutionary perspective: to determine ingroup (friend) vs. outgroup (foe)
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perceived outgroup homogeneity issue stereotypes sharpen difference between groups and soften difference among people within groups III. Attribution What does it mean to make an attribution? Why do people do this? It is adaptive; world becomes much more
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