PSY 101 Lecture 11-9-11

PSY 101 Lecture 11-9-11 - SocialPsychology Definition...

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Social Psychology
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Definition Social Psychology ¡ The effects of the actual, imagined, or  implied presence of others on affect,  behavior, and cognition.
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¡ The study of the ways in which thoughts,  feelings, perceptions, motives and  behavior are influenced by interactions  between people ¡ Primary determinant of behavior is the  nature of the social situation in which the  behavior occurred. Social Psychology
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¡ Other people influence all of our  thoughts, feelings, and behaviors,  whether those are physically present or  not The power of the situation
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Power of the Situation ¡ Situation is stronger than the  individual ¡ Have you ever done something that  would normally be against your ideals  and beliefs?  Actions                                      Attitudes
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Lecture outline ¡ Social influence l Conformity l Obedience l Persuasion l Compliance ¡ Social cognition l Cognitive Dissonance
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Conformity ¡ Changing one’s own behavior to more  closely match the actions of others
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Which line does the line 1  match? (Asch, 1951) Line 1
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A   B   C Sample No, it’s not hard ! Conformity ¡ Subjects in a group were asked to match line lengths. ¡ Confederates in the group picked the wrong line. ¡ Subjects went along with the wrong answer on 37% of trials. ¡ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBlOX3PaVKs&feature=related
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Group Size and Conformity ¡ Conformity increases  with group size up to  about 4-7 people l Adding additional  persons has little  effect ¡ One dissenter can  reduce conformity by  up to 80 percent
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