Unit 16- Social Psychology

Unit 16- Social Psychology - Unit 16: Social Psychology...

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Unit 16: Social Psychology SOCIAL THINKING (Module 55): Focuses in Social Psychology: “We cannot live for ourselves alone.” -Herman Melville Social psychology scientifically studies how we think about , influence , and relate to one another. Attributing Behavior to Persons or to Situations: Attribution Theory : Fritz Heider suggested that we have a tendency to give causal explanations for someone’s behavior , often by crediting either the situation or the person’s disposition. A teacher may wonder whether a child’s hostility reflects an aggressive personality ( dispositional attribution ) or a reaction to stress or abuse ( a situational attribution ). Dispositions are enduring personality traits. So if Joe is a quiet, shy and introverted child he is likely to be like that in a number of situations. Fundamental Attribution Error: The tendency to overestimate the impact of personal disposition and underestimate the impact of the situation in analyzing the behaviors of others leads to the
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course PSYC 2000 taught by Professor Munson during the Fall '10 term at LSU.

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