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PSYCH 253 Lecture 1 - history and methods.rtf

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 253
Professor
Steve Spencer
Semester
Fall

Description
History of Social Psychology *First textbooks - Floyd Allport, William McDougall *Importance of World War II *Flight of Intellectuals - Kurt Lewin, Solomon Asch, Fritz Heider *Gordon Allport - Study of Prejudice *Research Center for Group Dynamics - Kurt Lewin *First Generation of Students - *Leon Festinger - Cognitive Dissonance Theory; Social Comparison Theory *Stanley Schachter - Two Factor Theory of Emotion *Solomon Asch - Conformity; Person Perception *Fritz Heider - Attribution Theory Modern Influences *Importance of the 1960s - *Societal Change led to several “hot topics” *Aggression *Altruism *Prejudice and Stereotyping *Relationships *Cognitive Revolution *New Areas in late 20th Century *Return to old topics: self, emotion *Focus on culture *Focus on levels of processing Research Methodology - Basic Philosophy of Science *Our ideas can often be wrong *We set out to demonstrate they are wrong *When we can not prove them wrong we accept t
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