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Social Psychology Key Terms

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Social Psychology Key Terms PSYCH 221

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Intro to Social Psychology
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social, Psychology, social psychology, love, Prosocial, behavior, friendship, Affiliation, Romantic, Romance, Relationships




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Date Created: 03/28/16
Social Psychology: Affiliation and Friendship Key Points (Ch 7) Friend  Someone on terms of affection and regard for another who is neither relative nor lover Reinforcement-affect model  The theory that we like people with whom we associate positive feelings and dislike those with whom we associate negative feelings Domain-general model  A model that attempts to explain a wide range of different behaviors according to a simple general rule (such as: do it if it’s rewarding) Social exchange  The trading of benefits within relationships Equity  A state of affairs in which one person’s benefits and costs from a relationship are proportional to the benefits and costs incurred by his or her partner Domain-specific model  A model that presumes that the governing principles vary from one domain of behavior to another (such as friendship vs. romance vs. parent-child relationships) Social support  Emotional, material, or informational assistance provided by other people Health Psychology  The study of behavioral and psychological factors that affect illness Self-disclosure  The sharing of intimate information about oneself Communal sharing  A form of exchange in which members of a group share a pool of resources, taking when they are in need and giving when others are in need Authority ranking  A form of exchange in which goods are divided according to a person’s status in the group Equity matching  A form of exchange in which each person gets the same as the others Market Pricing  A form of exchange in which everyone gets out in proportion to what they put in Proximity-attraction principle  The tendency to become friends with those who live or work nearby Mere exposure effect  The tendency to feel positively toward people, places, or things we have seen frequently Social capital  Assets that can be drawn from one’s network of personal relationships Prosocial Behavior Key Points (Ch 9) Prosocial behavior  Action intended to benefit another Pure (or true) altruism  Action intended solely to benefit another Inclusive fitness  The survival of one’s genes in one’s own offspring and in any relatives one helps Reciprocal aid  Helping that occurs in return for prior help Social responsibility norm  The societal rule that people should help those who need them to help Bystander effect  The tendency of a bystander to be less likely to help in an emergency if there are other onlookers present Diffusion of responsibility  The tendency for each group member to dilute personal responsibility for acting by spreading it among all other group members Pluralistic ignorance  The mistaken impression on the part of group members that, because no one else is acting concerned, there is no cause for alarm Personal norms  The internalized beliefs and values that combine to form a person’s inner standards for behavior Arousal/cost-reward model  The view that observers of a victim’s suffering will want to help to relieve their own personal distress Mood management hypothesis  The idea that people use helping tactically to manage their moods Perspective taking  The process of mentally putting oneself in another’s position Empathy-altruism hypothesis  The presumption that when one empathizes with the plight of another, one will want to help that other for purely altruistic reasons Empathic Concern  Compassionate feelings caused by taking the perspective of a needy other Love and Romantic Relationships Key Points (Ch 8) Passion  Factor on love scales composed of items tapping romantic attraction and sexual desire Intimacy  Factor on love scales composed of items tapping feelings of close bonding with another Decision/commitment  Factor on love scales composed of items tapping decision that one is in love with and committed to another Factor analysis  A statistical technique for sorting test items or behaviors into conceptually similar groupings Companionate love  Affection and tenderness felt for those whose lives are entwined with our own Passionate love  A state of intense longing for union with another Nurturant love  Feelings of tenderness and concern, central to parents caring for their children Attachment love  Desire to be cared for, and protected by, another person Sociosexual orientation  Individual differences in the tendency to prefer either unrestricted sex (without the necessity of love) or restricted sex (only in the context of a long-term, loving relationship) Two-factor theory of love  The theory that love consists of general arousal (factor 1), which is attributed to the presence of an attractive person and labeled as love (factor 2) Need to belong  The human need to form and maintain strong, stable interpersonal relationships Secure base  Comfort provided by an attachment figure, which allows the person to venture forth more confidently to explore the environment Secure attachment style  Attachments marked by trust that the other person will continue to provide love and support Anxious/ambivalent attachment style  Attachments marked by fear of abandonment and the feeling that one’s needs are not being met Avoidant attachment style  Attachments marked by defensive detachment from the other Erotomania  A disorder involving the fixed (but incorrect) belief that one is love by another, which persists in the face of strong evidence to the contrary Monogamy  Marital custom in which one man marries one woman Polygamy  Marital custom in which either one man marries more than one woman (polygyny) or one woman marries more than one man (polyandry) Polyandry  Marital arrangement involving one woman and more than one husband Polygyny  Marital arrangement involving one man and more than one wife Equity rule  Each person’s benefits and costs in a social relationship should be matched to the benefits and costs of the other Need-based rule  Each person in a social relationship provides benefits as the other needs them, without keeping account of individual costs and benefits Androgynous  Demonstrating a combination of masculine and feminine characteristics in one’s behaviors


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