SOP 3004 Lecture 1: Introducing Social Psychology

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University of Central Florida
Social Psychology
SOP 3004
Widaad Zaman

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 affect actions? • 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.
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