Social Psychology 2 Outline

Social Psychology 2 Outline - Social Psychology: Chapter 1...

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Social Psychology: Chapter 1 Axioms in Social Psychology 9/27/2010
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A Definition of Social Psychology The scientific study of how ______ __________influence our… thoughts, feelings, & actions.
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Axiom 1: Social Psychology is an experimentally based Science As scientists, our goal is to find objective answers to a wide array of important questions: What are the factors that cause aggression? How might we reduce prejudice? What variables cause two people to like or love each other? Why do certain kinds of political advertisements work better than others?
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How do others (non-social psychologists) answer these questions? Philosophers use ________ Personality psychologists use __________ _________. Sociologists consider the “psychology” of the _______ whereas social psychologists consider the psychology of the ____________ within the group.
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Scientific Method One of the tasks of the social psychologist is to make educated guesses (____________) about the specific situations under which one outcome or the other would occur. Just as a physicist performs experiments to test hypotheses about the nature of the physical world, the social psychologist performs experiments to test hypotheses about the nature of the social world. The next task is to design _____________ experiments sophisticated enough to tease out the situations that would result in one or another outcome.
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Axiom 2: The Power of Social Influence When trying to convince people that their behavior is greatly influenced by the social environment, the social psychologist is up against a formidable barrier: All of us tend to explain people’s __________ in terms of their _______________. Fundamental Attribution Error
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