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University of Toronto St. George
Michael Inzlicht

Chapter 16 J Social Behavior * Person Perception: Forming Impressions of Others ¾ Effects of Physical Appearance ¾ Cognitive Schemas N Social Schemas: Organized clusters of ideas about categories of social events and ppl ¾ Stereotypes N Stereotypes: widely held beliefs that people have certain characteristics because of their membership in a particular group ¾ Subjectivity in Person Perception N Illusory Correlation: When ppl estimate that they have encountered more confirmations of an association bw social traits than they have actually seem ¾ An Evolutionary Perspective on Bias in Person Perception * Attribution Processes: Explaining Behavior N Attributions: inferences that ppl draw about the causes of events, others behavior, and their own behavior ¾ Internal Vs. External Attributions N Internal Attributions: Ascribe the causes of behavior to personal dispositions, traits, abilities, and feelings N External Attributions: Ascribe the causes of behavior to situational demands and environmental constraints ¾ Attributions for Success and Failure ¾ Bias in Attribution o Actor-Observer Bias N Fundamental Attribution Error: Refers to observers bias in favor of internal attributions in explaining others behavior o Defensive Attribution o Self-Observing Bias N Self- Serving Bias: The tendency to attribute ones successes to personal factors and ones failure to situational factors ¾ Culture and Attributional Tendencies N Individualism: putting personal goals ahead of group goals and defining ones identity in terms of personal attributes rather than group memberships. N Collectivism: Putting group goals ahead of personal goals and defining ones identity in terms of the groups one belongs to. * Close Relationships: Liking and Loving N Interpersonal Attraction: positive feelings toward another ¾ Key Factors in Attraction o Physical Attractiveness N Matching Hypothesis: males and females are approximately equal physical attractiveness are likely to select each other as partners o Similarity Effects N Reciprocity: Liking those who show that they like you o Reciprocity Effects o Romantic Ideals ¾ Perspectives on the Mystery of Love o Passionate and Compassionate Love N Passionate Love: A complete absorption in another that includes tender sexual feelings and he agony of ecstasy of intense
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