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Social What is Social Psychology?
Scientific study of the way in which
people’s thoughts, feelings, and
actions are influenced by the real or
imagined presence of other people.
imagined Main Themes of Social
Power of the situation Social reality is
subjective/constructive, thus subject
to bias and error
to Social behavior is largely automatic Social psychology is a scientific
discipline Why Science and not personal
experience and common sense?
experience Common sense gives us conflicting
predictions - “dueling proverbs”:
Does “absence make the heart grow fonder”
Are “two of a feather than together”
Do “birdsheads better flock one”
is o“opposites attract”?
do“out of sight,cooks spoil the broth”?
d “too many out of mind”? I
Does Social Psychology onl...
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