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McGill University
PSYC 215
Michael Sullivan

Ch 1 What is Social PsychologySocial psychology the scientific study of how individuals think feel and behave in a social context Focus on the individual as well as broad perspective on a variety of social contextsbehavioursThe socialness of social psychology variesnonsocial factorsnonsocial thoughts are studied as wellApplies the scientific method to the study of the human condition Emphasis on the social nature of individualso Sociology tends to focus on the group levelmain difference Common sense myth despite offering compelling predictions and explanations common sense is sometimes wildly inaccurate Social loss such as romantic breakup may be experienced as physical pain Kross Berman Mischel SmithWager 2011People who have experience with other cultures demonstrate more creative tendencies MadduxGalinsky 2009Having close friends is associated with health benefits Bukowski et al Determining whether heat causes an increase in aggression or whether Steve Nash causes an increase in the sale of Nike shoes are social psychological pursuitsWhy Because the behaviours either a concern other people or b are influenced by other peopleStrahan et alwhen unrealistic cultural norms around body image are made salient women become more concerned w how others might judge them From Past to Present A Brief History of Social Psychology
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