Aggresion destructive emotion that causes wars etc

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- Aggresion ; destructive emotion that causes wars, etc why? why do we watch aggressive sports? - attraction & intamcy ; some last some don’t, everyone has a relationship, why is one person attractive, how is it that intimacy emerges in a relationship - Prejudice Table 1.2: Distinctions between Social Psychology and Related Fields (listen to his examples) Field of Study : - example of how researcher in the field might study prejudice Sociology : - track how American's prejudice toward japanese has changed since world war 11 Clinical Psychology : - test various therapies for people with antisocial personalities who exhibit great degrees of prejudice Personality Psychology : - develop a questionnaire to identify men who are very high or low in degree of prejudice toward women Cognitive Psychology : Jan 6th, 2011; 215
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- manipulate exposure to a member of some category of people and measure the thoughts and concepts that are automatically activated (a study of prejudice in this field would, by definition, be at the intersection of cognitive and social psychology) Social Psycholgoy: - manipulate various kinds of contact between individuals of different groups an examine the effect of these manipulations on the degree of prejudice exhibited Social Psychologist and Sociology - interested in the social influence on the rate of marriage and divorce over time - why does a certain marriage last? How are they different? - sociology focus on the group level - social psychology tends to focus on the individual level How do the feilds intersect? - both share an interest in many issues, such as violence, prejudice, culture and marriage - both can help in understanding societal and immediate factors that influence behavior Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology Different: - clinical psychologist seek to understand and treat people with psychological issues - social psychologist focus on the more typical ways in which individuals think, feel, behave, and influence each other; understand behavior in normal and atypical state but not necessarily intervene Same - interested in how the individual engages with others and his or her environment Social Psychology and Personality Psychology - idea that areas on brain had bumps that meant how much personality you had in that area, the larger the bump the stronger that personality trait Different - personality psychologists are interested in differences between individuals that occur across a variety of situations - social psychologists are interested in how different situations affect most individuals Same - they complement each other - do situational factors interact with individual differences? Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology Different - cognitive psychologists study mental processes overall (ex. speed of processing overall) - social psychologists are interested in mental processes (often computer-like metaphors) with respect to social information and how these processes influence social behavior Same - social cognition has become an important area within social psychology Jan 6th, 2011; 215
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