Psyc 215 lecture 1 introduction to social psychology. Chapter 1: foreshadows main concepts underlying social psychology defined as power of the situation, role of construal, automatics vs controlled processes, human evolution, human culture. What is social psychology: the scientific study of the feelings, thoughts and behaviours of individual in social situations , questions about human nature: Characterizing social psychology: social psychology offers scientifically grounded answer to questions human beings have been thinking about since we started to reflect on who we are: Explaining human mind and human behaviour, but : explaining human mind and behaviour is the goal, however in doing so social psychology focuses on how social situations can influence the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of an individual. The power of the situation: situations can often determine behaviour despite individual differences, nazi germany. Were all soldiers evil or were they just normal people following evil.