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Unformatted text preview: 1 1 The Self Psy 240; Fall 2006 Purdue University Dr. Kipling Williams 2 Why study the self in social psychology? • Recall that social psychology is the study of how people – Think about – Influence, and – Relate to one another (or interact within situations) • The self influences all of these 2 3 The Center of Our World: Ourselves • Spotlight Effect: – We over-estimate how much others are attending to us. • Barry Manilow t-shirt study (Gilovich et al, 2000) – Guess 50%; actually 23% • Illusion of Transparency – We think our emotions are easily detected by others, when they are not. • Cocktail Party Effect – In a noisy room, we can still hear our names being said. 4 Self Concept • Self-concept – “Who am I?” – Self-schemas: beliefs about ourselves that help us process and organize our world • Affects what you pay attention to, how quickly you process information, and what you remember – Social self – We have multiple selves • Roles • Social identities – Self-knowledge – “How can I explain and predict myself?” 3...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course PSYCH 350 taught by Professor Conger during the Fall '10 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
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- Social Psychology