CHAPTER 16 - CHAPTER 16 Social Behaviour Social Psychology...

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CHAPTER 16: Social Behaviour Social Psychology - the branch of psych concerned with the way individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by others There are 6 topics of Social Psychology… 1. PERSONAL PERCEPTION : Forming Impressing of Others Person perception - the process of forming impressions of others Physical Attractiveness - a person’s appearance influences personal perceptions - people tend to assign personality characteristics to those who are good looking vs. those who are deemed less attractive - Good Looking People : the beautiful = the good, obtain better jobs, “baby-faced” = honesty, trust - Less Attractive People : less competent - Observers are quick to draw conclusions of people based on their style of nonverbal expressiveness Schema - cognitive structures that guide information processing - social schema : organized clusters of ideas about categories of social events and people o people depend on these because the schemas help them to efficiently process and store wealth of information that they take in by others interactions Stereotypes - widely held beliefs that people have certain characteristics because of their membership in a particular group - products of personal experiences, also part of their shared cultural background - gender, age, ethnic, and occupational are different types - ignores diversity inaccurate perceptions of people - self-fulfilling prophecy Illusionary Correlation - occurs when people estimate that they have encountered more confirmations of an association between social traits than they have actually seen - illusion of asymmetric insight- the finding that people tend to think that their knowledge of their peers is greater then their peers’ knowledge of them Social perception’s biases were adaptive in humans’ ancestral environment. Humans are programmed by evolution to immediately classify people as members of an… - in-group : a group they belong to, or identify with - out-group : a group that does NOT belong or identify with - the human tendency is to automatically categorize others, may reflect the primitive need to quickly separate friend from foe 2. ATTRIBUTION PROCESSES : Explaining behaviour Attributions - are inferences that people draw about the causes of events, others’ behaviour, and their own behaviour - people make attributions because they have a strong need to understand their own experiences make sense of their own behaviour
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Internal Attributions - ascribe the causes of behaviour to personal dispositions, traits, abilities and feelings External Attributions - ascribe the cause of behaviour to situational demands and environmental constraints Personal (internal) Behaviour
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CHAPTER 16 - CHAPTER 16 Social Behaviour Social Psychology...

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