Group Processes

Group Processes - GROUP PROCESSES PSY 102 Social Psychology...

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GROUP PROCESSES PSY 102: Social Psychology Instructor: Courtney Gosnell
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Outline Group Dynamics Group Performance Effects Deindividuation Group Decision Making
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Group Dynamics
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Group Influence What is a group? Group members interact and influence one another (for more than a brief moment) Interdependence or shared identity (an “us” quality) Naturally interacting groups usually 2-6 members As groups grow larger, more conflict, less involvement
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Entitativity Extent to which you are perceived as a coherent whole “Groupiness” Based on: Similarity Common Fate (interdependence) Proximity What about your social groups?
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Entitativity Groups differ in typical entitativity: Intimacy Groups: family/ close friends Task Groups: committee, project teams Social Categories: women, racial groups
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Social Impact Theory 1.Clustering of attitudes in soc. space 2. Reduction in diversity via consolidation of attitudes 3. Correlations across attitudes possessed by cluster members 4. Continuing diversity (lack complete convergence): self-reinforcing nature of clusters tend to perpetuate their existence and keep minorities going as are surrounded by local majority that holds minority attitude (Latane)
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Minority Influence (Moscovici) Minorities advocate opinions with consistency, confidence, and conviction This disrupts the “norm” uncertainty Get attention Majority will accomodate or consider their side If influence, will be through informational influence Majorities influence through normative influence
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Minority Influence Often indirect Influence on related topics but not THE focal topic
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course PSY 102 taught by Professor Klein during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.

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