Exam 1 Review - EXAM 1 REVIEW c What is social psychology a Try and answer questions through a scientific study of our own thoughts feelings or

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EXAM 1 REVIEW What is social psychology? a. Try and answer questions through a scientific study of our own thoughts, feelings, or behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other. How does the mere presence of others affect us? This is a very broad question. You might even ask, are we influenced by the mere presence of others? 1. Social Influence a. Mere presence of others b. Words, actions, and the presence of others have on our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. b.i. We NEED contact with other humans b.ii. Susceptible to their influences Even from just mere presence b.iii. Studying prejudice/discrimination b.iv. Like/Hurt/Help others How is social psychology different or similar to personality psychology? What are individual differences? 1. Relation to Personality Psychology – individual differences a. Look at aspects that tend to be stable and long lasting b. Differences in personality characteristics that tend to be stable over time b.i. Low = themselves in any situation b.ii. In Between b.iii. High = Social chameleon c. Personality characteristic can perceive how we see the word c.i. Optimism vs. Pessimism How is social psychology different from sociology? In other words, what are the different scopes of these two areas of study? 1. Relation to Sociology – conventional wisdom a. Study many similar things from different points of views a.i. Sociology – large groups, collective observation a.ii. Social Psychology = more interested in influences/affects of group on an individual’s way of thinking, how they feel/behave a.iii. Socioeconomic status = sociology a.iv. Mood = Social Psychology Understand what social constructionism and construals are. a. Social constructionism – construal’s, origin, natural motivations b. Is an objective reality c. Have to some degree our own social realities – social constructionism d. Interpretations of world is what differs e. Have our own social realities so we perceive and interpret our social world differently f. Come from motivations that we have b. Social cognition – think of things around us. c. Construals: how a person perceives, comprehends, and interprets the world around him or her, particularly the behavior or action of others towards him or her. Many people think findings in social psychology merely reflect common sense. Are they correct? Why or why not? What examples could you give to demonstrate your point? Social Psychology is not a mere reflection of common sense because it deals with how people act in a certain situation around them. I believe that common sense is how a person would think one should act and would believe that is what is basically a known fact for most is, but for social psychology we are looking at not only the similarities but also the differences of how a person acts in a social setting. It may reflect some common sense in areas, but it does not merely reflect common sense. Our construals come from four basic motives. What are these motives?
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Exam 1 Review - EXAM 1 REVIEW c What is social psychology a Try and answer questions through a scientific study of our own thoughts feelings or

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