Introducing Social Psychology
Reflect: how do you expect to benefit from a social psychology class?
• What is social psychology?
o Scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another
• Introduction: Social Thinking
o Social thinking involves the way we perceive ourselves and others, what we
believe to be true about ourselves and others, our attitudes and judgements
about others, whether they are implicit or explicit attitudes and judgements
o E.g., how do you feel about the elderly?
o Reflect: can you think of real world examples of ways in which our attitudes
toward each other can affect our behaviors?
• Introduction: Social Influence
o Social influence refers to those aspects of our social world that might impact our
beliefs, attitudes, judgments, behaviors to others, and so on.
o E.g., the group you are a member of
o Reflect: Can you think of other real world examples of how social influence can
• Introduction: Social Relations
o Social relations refer to hoe we interact with, deal with, and relate to others in
our social world—how do we treat someone just because they have a different
skin color from ourselves, or maybe even a different eye color? What is the
psychology behind who we choose to spend the rest of our lives with, behind
who we choose to help, and who we choose to ignore.