Lecture 1 - WhatisSocialPsychology? February7,2011 1...

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What is Social Psychology? February 7, 2011 1
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Have You Ever… accepted a free sample and then buy something you  really didn’t need? seen a friend act one way with one group of people and  act quite differently with another group? given your opinion on an issue without really knowing  much about it?  heard a sibling or dating partner say something and just  know he or she wasn’t telling the truth? 2
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Social Psychology the scientific study  of how individuals   think, feel, and behave  in a social context  (actual, implied, or imagined presence of others)  3
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ACTUAL presence of others We act differently in the presence of others than we do  when alone. We are affected differently by others based on how we  view those others. 4
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IMPLIED presence of others Social psychologists, the IRS, and the highway patrol  depend on an “implied presence” to bring out the best in 
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Lecture 1 - WhatisSocialPsychology? February7,2011 1...

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