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Introducing Social Psychology

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Introducing Social Psychology SOC 312 - 001

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These notes go over pgs. 3-13
Social Psychology
Brian Johnson
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Alyson Notetaker on Thursday January 21, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 312 - 001 at The University of Tennessee - Martin taught by Brian Johnson in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 44 views. For similar materials see Social Psychology in Sociology at The University of Tennessee - Martin.


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Date Created: 01/21/16
Chapter 1: Introducing Social Psychology A. Classical definition- Allport a. Study how we think, act, feel in regards to other people, how individuals’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors are affected by others. B. Focus of Social Psychology a. social behavior- whenever two or more humans are directly or indirectly involved in affecting one another’s behavior. C. Constructing social reality a. Influence of Gestalt Psychology i. Construal- how we perceive, comprehend, and interpret the social world. => think: subjective reality b. We actively create meaning for the objects and events in our life i. Individual interpretations D. The Power of the Situation i. also considered as ‘social contexts’ -> they provide commonalities b. behavior = f (individual ‘x’ external circumstances) c. assumes situational context leads all people to behave similarly regardless of other factors. E. Brief History of Social Psychology i. was formed in about 1930’s so fairly new b. first notable studies- emerged 1898 as the psychology side i. 1843 as the sociology side emerged c. first notable textbook- 1908 saying social psychology but they were considered separate writings in one book. i. F. Allport (the older brother) ii. C. Kurt Lewin: Founder of Modern Social Psychology 1. Action research, applied research d. WWII important to emergence of social psychology.


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