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Social Psych class notes

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Social Psych class notes PSYC 2000

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These notes cover everything discussed in week 4. Including social cognition.
Social psyc
Darcy Martin
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social, Psychology, cognition




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Tasha Nelson on Wednesday September 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSYC 2000 at East Tennessee State University taught by Darcy Martin in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 44 views. For similar materials see Social psyc in Psychology (PSYC) at East Tennessee State University.


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Date Created: 09/14/16
Social psych Week 3  Vaccine and autism connections ­Damaging medical hoax ­misinformation What is social cognition? ­ Social psychology= study of how people think and feel.  Began in the 1970s Attitudes and motivations were the first to be studied.  Why people think, and why don’t they?? Research shows that people are lazy about thinking.  Cognitive miser: reluctance to do extra thinking.  Stroop effect: people have difficulty overriding the automatic tendency to read the world  rather than name the ink color.  How do we know if a thought is automatic? ­ Requires no awareness, not guided by intention. Not subject to deliberate control,  requires no effort and is highly efficient.  Knowledge structures­  Schemas: represent information about a concept, its attributes, and relationships.  Scripts: define situations and guide behaviors Priming: activating an idea in someone’s mind so related ideas are more accessible.  ­ wakening associations.  Framing: whether messages stress potential gains or losses.  Process of thought suppression  ­Lookout for reminders of unwanted thought ­ Redirect attention away from unpleasant thought.  Distraction and rumination (or contemplation) are more effective than suppression ­mental control is a form of self regulation.  Conscious and unconscious thought­ both are valuable.  Unconscious thought: helps sort through information and come to good decisions. Conscious thought: vital to logical reasoning.  Standard view: People think in order to find the truth.  Thinking suffers from mistakes and shortcommings.  Two types of info: Statistical info and case history.  Confirmation bias­ tendency to search for information that confirms one’s beliefs.  Summary:  Much thinking is done by the automatic thought. Instead of deliberate thinking.  What were traditionally thought of as errors in thinking may have advantages. 


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