The Commonsense View
AN ALTERNATIVE POSSIBILITY
We must justify our actions to ourselves - we do so by
bringing our beliefs and feelings into line with our
For whatever a
1. Social psychology- The scientific study of how individuals think, feel, and
behave and how individuals thoughts, feelings & behaviors are affected by
people (people can be actual, imagined or implied by others)
2. Scientific Study- social psy
Exam 1 Material:
Scientific study of how individuals think, feel & behave in regard to people & how
individuals thoughts, feelings & behaviors are affected by people
Focus on the individual level
Social psychology rel
PRACTICE QUESTIONS, TEST 1
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, SPRING 2010
Two questions had two right answers. That has been corrected.
I also found 2 places where the page number for the answer were wrong.
I changed those. However, there may be other places.
Psy c ho logy 830 : 321 : 03
Social Psychology Spring 2012
Tuesday & Thursday, 1:40pm to 3:00pm LCB 110
Professor Diana T. Sanchez
Office: Tillett Room 625
Office hours Mon/Thurs. 10am-11a m* or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Social final material
What is Social Psychology?
Scientific study of how individuals think,
feel, and behave in regard to people and
how individuals thoughts, feelings, and
behaviors are affected by people.
People can be actual, imagined, or implied
Intrinsic motivation reflects the desire to do something because it is enjoyable
Examples of Intrinsic Motivation
Writing short stories because you really enjoy writing them
Reading a nonfiction book because you are curious about th
1. Assuming that the reason a person is obese is because he or she has no willpower is an
A) a self-fulfilling prophecy.
B) the fundamental attribution error.
C) a stereotype.
D) stereotype threat.
2. Tom is surprised to find
Social Psychology & Law
Social Psychology and the Law
in the Courtroom
Pre Trial: Jury Selection
In US, you have right to an impartial jury
Is that right upheld?
Jury selection is 3-s
Obedience/ Group Influence:
Tendency for people to do better on simple tasks & worse on complex task when
they are in the presence of others & their individual performance can be
o Easy task People performance on imp
Exam 2 Review
Theme: Social Influence
Attitudes & Behavior
Persuasion & Attitudes
Compliance, Conformity, Obedience
Gender & The Body
1. Attitudes & Behavior
What is an attitude?
What is the tripartite view of at
Attitudes & Persuasion
The Rest of Todays Plan:
Elaboration Likelihood Model
Persuasion and Culture
Intimate/ Romantic Relationships
Feeling of attachment, affection & love
Fulfillment of psychological needs
Interdependence b/w partners, each of who has a meaningful influence on
Stimulus stage attraction sparked
1. Jon passes by a stranded motorist who yells out hey buddy, can you help me out?
I didnt feel like stopping for gasoline this morning & now my take is empty. Jon
doesnt stop. However, when he passes by a second stranded motorist who yells
hey buddy can
Final OVERVIEW Review
Major Lessons & Practical Issues
of Social Psychology
(not to be covered on exam)
Major Lessons of
1.) Situations exert a much more powerful
influence on behavior than we realize.
Examples of the
Power of th
a. A change in behavior due to perceived influence of others
b. Can be due to
i. Normative influence - The desire to be accepted/approved of. Involves public
compliance, without private acceptance of norm
1. Public compliance: going along to
a. Three or more people who interact and are interdependent
i. Minimum of 3 is where people can have majority or minority
ii. In a group people must interact and interdependent
1. Ex: this class is not a group because students do not interact and
a. Social psychologists: Intentional behavior that has the goal of causing harm of sometime to a
cons specific (members of same species)
b. Aggression is intentional behavior aimed at causing physical, social or psychological ha
o We must justify our actions to ourselves - we do so by bringing our beliefs and feelings into line
with our conduct
o Advertising works by changing your beliefs in the feelings ultimately changing your behavior
o Change in
researchers placed mirror in an animals cage : red dye test
o members of the great ape family immediately touched area of their heads marked with
the red spot
o suggests they have a rudimentary sense of self they recognize self and when
Altruism & Helping
i. When dressed normally, people stopped to help
ii. When homeless, people take longer to help
iii. When homeless with alc, people reluctant to help homeless person helped homeless
b. Why do we help (or fail to help) others?
Attitude: An evaluative orientation toward a specific object: Affect, Cognition,
o Attitudes one of the main things we study in social psych
o Prejudice is just an attitude
o How attitudes form and change
o Attitude-evaluative orien
Social Psychology Exam 4:
Altruism and Helping
o Why do we help (or fail to help) others?
Social Exchange Theory to minimize costs and maximize rewards
What are the benefits of helping or not helping?
Definitions of Prejudice
a. Antipathy based on faulty and inflexible generalization - G. Allport
b. A negative attitude toward a socially defined group, and any person perceived to be a
member of that group - R. Ashmore
i. ^best definition