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Social Psychology-Introduction

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Social Psychology-Introduction Psy 2600

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Social Psychology
Daniel Krenn
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Date Created: 01/20/16
Social Psychology Introduction  What is social psychology? -The scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another -It is the scientific study of how people affect and are affected by others  Aronson’s Law: -“People who do crazy things are not necessarily crazy.” -Sometimes situations can cause a “normal” person to act out of character. -Example: You are driving the speed limit and all of a sudden another driver goes around you and gets in front of you, cutting you off. This causes you to swerve into the other lane and as you look over the angry driver is giving you “the finger”. This would make you think this driver is crazy right? I’m sure. However, the aggressiveness of the driver could have been due to them running late to an appointment or something of that sort, which caused them to act out of character. This does not necessarily mean they are crazy.  Contemporary Themes in Social Psychology: -Cognitive theory: refers to how humans mentally process everything -Biological and evolutionary processes: refers to neuroscience and how it connects to social psychology -The self: our self-esteem, the way we carry ourselves, and our conceptions about the world -Group conflict: refers to political, ethnic, and racial issues  What do social psychologists do? -Social psychologists study how things affect us, our behavior, and our cognition. These three factors are known as the “ABCs” of what social psychologists study.  Terms to know: -Role: A set of norms that defines how people behave in a given social position… We have many roles in our lives. For example, at school we have the role of college students, and at home we may have the role of a daughter, son, wife, husband, etc. -Norm: Expected behavior for a specific role in a specific time… For example, as college students we are expected to attend class, do the work, and do well in the course.


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