Social Psychology – Lecture notes, January 24 , 2013
Social psychology is the scientific study of how an individual’s thoughts, feelings
and behaviors are influenced by other people.
Actions and characteristics of others affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
A stranger on a bus stares at you
Police officer signals for you to pull over
Significant other has been secretive or distant
Cognitive processes are involved;
We do a lot of thinking about others to understand them
o What people are like, what people will do, why people behave as
they do, how people feel about y