PSYB10H3 Midterm: Midterm Study Guide

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20 Jun 2011

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Introduction to social psychology: what is social psychology? (i. e. , know the definition of the field) Textbook definition: it is a scientific study of how people think about, influence and relate to one another. Lecture definition: the scientific study of how an individual"s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Individual aspect (social psychologist) and societal or group level (sociology). thoughts (cognitions); feelings (affect or emotions) and behaviours known as the tripartite model. real and imagined (real person questioning your conscience, fictional character) presence. Social psychology examines both internal (thinking) and external (doing) aspects of the person. Our attitudes, behaviour, perception and self concept can be affected by our social surrounding. How we react to a friends insult depends on if we attribute it to hostility or a bad day. Sometimes the power of a social situation leads us to act in ways that depart from our espoused attitudes.