PSYC 2100 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Fundamental Attribution Error, Hot Sauce, Dependent And Independent Variables

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Social psychology: scientific study of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are shaped by the real or imagined presence of others and other environmental cues. Social psychology differs from related fields like personality, developmental, sociology, etc. Social environments are construed (distorted, interpreted) by the perceiver. Subjective realities can differ depending on construal. from internal factors and underestimate the role of external factors. The tendency to overestimate the extent to which people"s behavior stems. Examples: kiss at the end of a date, question of how you"re doing. (euristics (cid:523)mental shortcuts or (cid:498)rules of thumb(cid:499)(cid:524) Desire to feel good about the self (self-enhancement, rose-colored glasses) Expectations about the social world (stereotypes, scripts) Use psychological theories to solve social problems. Examples: reduction of hostility and prejudice, increase healthy decisions, improve relationships. Those with children apply social psychology every morning. Arousing competition in children to get to work on time. Going to a restaurant for a meal.