Social Psychology

Social Psychology - 2011 Social Psych CHAPTER 1 SOCIAL...

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2011 Social Psych CHAPTER 1 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: The scientific study of the way in which the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other people.” –Gordon Allport -Social influence is at the heart of the discipline General Focus: -Normal, everyday behavior of the non-psychopathological -Normal adults (non-developmental) -Historical focus on social problems History: Research aftermath: -Attitudes, persuasions and propaganda -Origins of hatred -Conformity and obedience -Leadership -Social comparison Cognitive and Evolutionary Revolutions -Cog. Rev. -Evolu. Psych -Motivated cognition .self-esteem .bias The Power of Social Interpretation -Social Psych differs from sociology or anthropology: .Less concerned with social situations in objective sense. .More concerned with how people are influenced by their interpretation (construal) of social environments. Social Psych not quite common sense Fundamental Attribution Error: Explaining our own good actions and others’ negative actions purely in terms of personality traits. -Aspects of social situations that may seem minor can have powerful effects, overwhelming the differences in people’s personalities. Five Fundamental Axioms:
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