Chapter 14 - Social Psychology

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Chapter 14 Social Psychology
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Social Psychology The subfield of psychology that explores the effects of the social world on the behavior and mental processes of individuals and groups
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Social Perception What are some variables which affect our perceptions of others? Self-fulfilling prophecy – if you believe something is true, it eventually will become so Attributions – explanations of why people do what they do Internal – explanation by internal factor (personality, disposition) External – explanation by external factor (environment, job)
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Social Perception The actor observer bias – attribution of internal factors to others and external factors to oneself The self-serving bias – people have a tendency to attribute success to internal attributions and failures to external factors
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Negative behavior Situational attribution “Maybe that driver is ill.” Dispositional attribution “Crazy driver!” Tolerant reaction (proceed cautiously, allow driver a wide berth) Unfavorable reaction (speed up and race past the other driver, give a dirty look)
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Why study attitudes? A tendency toward a particular cognitive,
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