Social Psychology Notes

Social Psychology Notes - 8/29/11 Social Psych Professor...

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8/29/11 Social Psych Professor Harvey Ben Conover SLUGlobal, MyPsychLab Office: Shannon 218, HarveyR@slu.edu , by appointment Research Opportunities are a possibility Social Psychology: Definition - The scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by other people o 1. Scientific Study: A Process o 2. Thoughts, Feelings, Behaviors: ABC’s of Social Psych o 3. Other People: What makes Social Psych, “Social” Psych Imagined or “Real” Describing and Explaining Social Behavior Social Psychology, like any science, involves Description- Careful and reliable observation Explanation- Development of theories that connect and organize observations Theories are scientific explanations that- Connect and organize existing observations Suggest fruitful paths for future research Social Cultural Perspective - Definition o a theoretical viewpoint that searches for the causes of social behavior in influences from larger social groups - What drives social behavior? o Forces in larger social groups such as norms, social class differences, nationality and fads. - Socialcultural theorists might ask o What are the difference sin social behavior across cultures o For example, women in some societies marry more than one man (polyandry) - Social Norm o A rule or expectation for appropriate social behavior - Culture o The beliefs, customs, habits, and language shared by the people living in a particular time and place Culture Choice and Intrinsic Motivation - American culture teaches children to cherish their own individual choice and independence - But Asian cultures focus on group experience and such
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- In one study researches asked Anglo American and Asian - American children to solve word puzzles that were either o Chosen by the child o Chosen by the experimenter o Chosen by child’s mother Evolutionary Perspective - Definition o A theoretical viewpoint that searches for the causes of social behavior in the physical and psychological predispositions that helped our ancestors survive and reproduce - What drives social behavior? o Genetic predispositions inherited from our ancestors that promoted their survival and reproduction, such as: The tendency to automatically recognize an angry face The tendency for mothers to feel protective of their children - Evolutionary theorists might ask o Are there similarities in social behavior across species? o What are the similarities in social behavior across cultures and historical periods? - Inclusive Fitness o Can enhance fitness by contributing to survival of kin o Inclusive = surviving genes in offspring + relatives you helped o On a 100 pt scale, how do you feel towards o Father’s father = 85 o Father’s mother = 90 o Mother’s father = 5 o Mother’s mother = 85 o Researchers attributes this to paternal uncertainty, Social learning perspective - Definition o A theoretical viewpoint that focuses on past learning experiences - What drives social behavior o Classical conditioned preferences
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2012 for the course PHIL 310 taught by Professor Mccollum during the Spring '12 term at MO St. Louis.

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Social Psychology Notes - 8/29/11 Social Psych Professor...

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