[PSY220H1] - Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam (147 pages long!)

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PSY220H1
FINAL EXAM
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Social psychology:
“The scientific study of the reciprocal influence of the
individual and his or her social environment.”
-- The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
Beliefs
Feelings Behaviour Other People
Attitudes (and their thoughts
Emotions
feeling, attitudes
and behavior)
Social psychology: A foothold in abstract theory and
concrete practice
Everyday behavior is too complex – so is it possible to find hard fast rules? Yes
cuz social psys traffic in probabilities and likelihood
Ex: if ppl perfrom better on a task if they WANT to do it vs. if one were to get a
reward then the former would do better
Could this pattern happen by chance? There are procedures to determine if the
asnwers is yes or no – but this phenomenon doesn’t happen to all ppl all the time
Social psychology is not like chemistry or physics: We
traffic in probabilities, likelihood, and correlations, rather
than absolute laws.
Behavior has an affect on other
ppl.
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Despite the enormous variability of human behaviour, it is
possible to extract some basic patterns of human behaviour.
What does social psychology have to say that my
grandmother couldn’t tell me?
These concepts aren’t “intuitive” so that’s why we do these studies – to
understand the beliefs ppl have
Sometimes you might have two clichés that might suggest the opposite
Intuitions must be tested against empirical data
Sometimes even our grandma’s intuitions are wrong!
(i.e. not supported by data)
Plus…sometimes two opposing clichés may seem
equally intuitive:
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The scientific study of the reciprocal influence of the individual and his or her social environment. Other people (and their thoughts feeling, attitudes and behavior) Social psychology: a foothold in abstract theory and concrete practice. Yes cuz social psys traffic in probabilities and likelihood. Ex: if ppl perfrom better on a task if they want to do it vs. if one were to get a reward then the former would do better. There are procedures to determine if the asnwers is yes or no but this phenomenon doesn"t happen to all ppl all the time. Social psychology is not like chemistry or physics: we traffic in probabilities, likelihood, and correlations, rather than absolute laws. Despite the enormous variability of human behaviour, it is possible to extract some basic patterns of human behaviour. These concepts aren"t intuitive so that"s why we do these studies to understand the beliefs ppl have.

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