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Psychology
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PSY-0013
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Jessica Remedios

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9/4, Introduction Social psychology is the scientific study of how individuals think, feel, and behave in a social  context.  Systematic observation, description and measurement  Versus clinical psychology, the branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and  treatment of mental illness and disability We like what we spend money on Cognitive Dissonance: Eventually liking what we suffer for  Aronson & Mills (1959) experiment where females took an “embarrassment test,” then  participated in a boring task, and then had group discussions about sex It is important to understand the limits of social psychological research ­ cannot predict  individual behavior, just average group behavior Video: The Power of Situation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiWZxOdXiUs) Discovering psychology with Philip Zimbardo Most psychology deals with the individual Social psychology tries to understand human behavior within in a broader, social context In other words, all the ways people are influenced by other people When we are isolated, we are vulnerable to a host of pathologies Kurt Lewin was a refugee of Nazi Germany Wanted to demonstrate that it was possible to demonstrate social issues This was beginning of modern social psychology Lewin was fascinated by the way dictators could mold the behavior of individuals by  putting them into a group In 1939, he conducted an experiment with three groups of boys Each group was exposed to three leadership styles (authoritative, laissez­faire, and  democratic) and their subsequent behavior was observed Stanley Milgram was a former student of Solomon Ash He wondered: Does anyone have the capacity for evil if the situation is powerfu
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