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Unformatted text preview: Social Psychology Groups Social psychologists consider a group to be composed of two or more people who interact and depend on each other in some way. Examples of groups include a baseball team, an Internet listserv, a college psychology class, and a cult. Features of Groups Groups usually have the following features: • Norms that determine appropriate behavior • Roles that are assigned to people that determine what behaviors and responsibilities people should take on • A communication structure that determines who talks to whom within the group • A power structure that determines how much authority and influence group members have Example: A college psychology class has norms, such as when people should arrive for class. The professor’s role includes teaching, inviting discussion, and administering exams. The students’ role is to attend class, listen to lectures, read materials, and pose questions. The communication structure of the class demands that students listen without talking to each other...
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.
- Winter '09
- Social Psychology