PSC 161 Study Guide - Winter 2019, Comprehensive Midterm Notes - Memory, Psychology, Positivism

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Published on 13 Feb 2019
School
UC-Davis
Department
Psychology
Course
PSC 161
PSC 161
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The Psychology of the Self - Intro
What is this course about?
Examine current research on the shelf from a social psychological
perspective
Discuss how self knowledge is determined with an emphasis on social
aspects of the self
Focus on the self in social interaction (ex: social comparison, self -
presentation)
Draws heavily on experimental research conducted within the fields of
personality & social psychology
Why are psychologists interested in the self ?
How we behave & interact with others depends a lot on how we see
ourselves
The self is a filter which affects all of our thoughts & behaviors. It’s critical
to understand the self in order to understand human psychology &
behavior
Ex: self - esteem in romantic relationships
self - esteem in romantic relationships
Doubts & moments of insecurity are normal in romantic relationships
How one deals with these moments appears to be critical for relationship
success
Sandra Murray et al (2002)
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Experimentally induced perceived relationship threat in dating
couples
Examined response as a function of self - esteem
Method
65 couples in dating relationships (averaging 17.8 months in
length)
Asked to sit back to back, to not talk & to complete
questionnaires about themselves & their relationship
Given a series of questionnaires (one at a time)
“Please list all the important aspects of your partner’s
character that you dislike. Do not list any more than 1
such quality if that is all that easily comes to mind “
Please list as many items in your dormitory room,
bedroom, or apartment as you can (be sure to list at
least 25 items)
Results
Listen to podcast for interpretation of chart
Take home point
The self is a filter which affects all of our thoughts &
behaviors. It’s critical to understand the self in order to
understand human psychology & behavior
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