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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 253
Professor
Hilary B Bergsieker
Semester
Fall

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PSYCH 253 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Sept. 9 What is Social Psychology? Scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, desires and behaviors are influenced by real/imagined presence of other people in social contexts  Social perception - What affects the way we perceive ourselves and others? - Do we know who we are and why we feel the way we do?  Social influence - Persuasion - Why do people often preform worse in groups than alone? - Conformity/obedience  Social interaction - Scientific study of love/relationships, what determines attractiveness - Helping/harming behaviors - Aggression: does exposure to TV violence trigger aggressive behavior? Making Distinctions - Social
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