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PSYCH 3110: Social Psychology, week 3 notes

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Date Created: 01/29/16
PSYCH 3110: Social Psychology, Spring Semester 2016 Week 3 The Self  Most humans don’t develop a sense of self until about 18-24 months old  Self-concept- the overall set of beliefs that people have about their personal attributes Did not change “True self”:  Physical declines  Minor cognitive deficits  New preferences Changed “True self”: Moral transformation Cultural influences Independent view of the self- a way of defining oneself in terms of one’s own internal thought, feelings, and actions o Not in terms of thoughts, feelings, and actions of other people o Individualistic cultures Interdependent view of the self- a way of defining oneself in terms of one’s relationships to other people o You recognize one’s behavior is determined by thoughts and actions of others o Collectivistic cultures Functions of the self 4 main functions o self knowledge o self control o impressions management o self esteem Self awareness theory When people focus their attention on themselves, they compare their behavior to internal values When there is a discrepancy between beliefs/behaviors, you: o Get in a bad mood o Do something to change it o Ignore it o Turn to adverse behaviors o Turn to a “happy place” Change how we feel Reason-generated attitude change- attitude change resulting from thinking about the reason for one’s own attitude o Weighing pros and cons Happens due to: o Thinking of reasons that aren’t true reflections of your attitude o Talking yourself into believing this is how you feel Observing one’s behavior  Self-perception theory- when your attributes are ambiguous, we observe our behavior to infer how we feel Motivation  Your mindset about your abilities can influence your motivation  Fixed mindset- we have a set amount of ability that cannot change  Growth mindset- abilities are malleable qualities that we can cultivate and grow Emotion  Two-factor theory of emotion- emotion is a 2 step self perception process o 1. Experience physiological arousal o 2. Seek appropriate explanation  Sometimes physiological states are difficult to interpret, so we rely on cues from the situation  Misattribution of arousal- people make mistaken inferences about what makes them feel a certain way Dutton & Aron (1974)  Hot girl asking guys to fill out a questionnaire and gave them her phone number to call if they had any questions  Gave them the questionnaire on a bridge or when they are across the bridge  Measuring the amount of calls she gets  Across the bridge-not as many phone calls  More phone calls when they were on the bridge Using other to evaluate ourselves  Social comparison theory- we learn about our own abilities and attitudes by comparing ourselves to others  Done when: o No objective standard o We are uncertain  Not knowing how much to donate to a charity  Upward of downward social comparisons  Social tuning- the process whereby people adopt the attitudes of others Self control  Self control requires energy  Depletion effects may inhibit out abilities to exert self control  When you have some sort of cognitive energy worn down, getting tired  Thought suppression has been proven to be an ineffective method Impression management  The attempt by people to get others to see them as they want to be seen  Techniques: o Ingratiation- bombard the other person with confidence (ass kissing) o Self handicapping- give yourself an excuse for failure  Behavioral  Reported- making excuses before hand (not feeling well, being shy)  Self protective mechanism Self esteem  People’s evaluations of their own self-worth  Terror management theory- self-esteem serves as a buffer protecting people from terrifying thoughts about their own mortality o Constantly thinking about death (low self esteem) o People with high self esteem don’t think about this Narcissism- the combination of excessive self-love and lack of empathy towards others Conformity/Group Behavior  Conformity- a change in a person’s behavior or opinions as a result of real or imagined pressure form a person or group of people o Can be adaptive or maladaptive  A: Laws M: cult behavior o Desirable or undesirable o Don’t conform=deviant o Do conform=can’t think for themselves Social reality  Sometimes, we use the group’s behavior to supply us with information  When physical reality is uncertain, we rely on social reality o Solomon Asch’s Conformity Study Amygdala Factors influencing conformity 1. Unanimity - If there is just one other person who goes against the group, conformity decreases - They don’t even have to agree with you 2. Commitment - committing to your initial judgment decreases the likelihood of conformity 3. Accountability - increases conformity - *unless accurate/good decisions are needed 4. The person / culture - low self esteem=conform (not high self esteem) - if not good at the task=conform - security=non-conformity - collectivistic=conform (not individualistic) 5. The group - experts and those similar to us have influence Social influence  William James- emotions have a “feeling” component and a “cognitive” component o We fear because we run, we don’t run because were scared  Schachter and Singer o We will even conform when interpreting our emotions o Getting injected with adrenaline and being told the symptoms o Confederates would act differently, and the people who were told about the side effects, they didn’t show any difference in emotions o When people weren’t told about the side effects, they either felt good or bad like the confederates Types of conformity  Thornedike’s Law of Effect- rewarded behaviors are likely to occur again. Punished behaviors are not likely to occur  Compliance- conformity done to gain reward or avoid punishment o Dictator o Lasts as long as the rewards / punishment is around o Least permanent, least strong in the terms of beliefs o POWER  Secondary gain- something else that could lead to the behavior lasting longer o Stop smoking and getting clearer lungs  Identification- conformity brought about by desire to be like the influencer o Behavior itself Is not satisfying o What is satisfying is improving our relationship with the influencer  Same political beliefs as your father o Person doesn’t have to be there o Beliefs remain consistent, you will still be like them o If something better comes along, you will use that group o More permanent and strong than compliances but not as strong as internalization o ATTRACTIVENESS  Internalization- integrating the beliefs of another into our own beliefs o Religion o Very permanent o Probably won’t change beliefs o Done if the other person has great influence o CREDIBILITY The situation  The situation itself also makes us conform o Social norms will influence our behavior o Swim and Hayes, 1999 Milgram’s Obedience Study Bonus- watch the movie, The Experimenter, due by exam 2, 1 page double spaced about a reaction to the movie, 10 pts


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