PSYC 215 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Social Class, Parental Investment, Naturalistic Fallacy

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Human psychology is similar in many ways to that of other animals (important role of biology and evolution) We are a social animal (think in interesting ways, frontal cortex) we care about what other animals think about self. Explaining human mind & behavior, how social situations can influence. Research in sp influences government policy (eg. removing segregation schools in 1954) ), but with the application of the scientific method. *the brain experience the social pain (reject) as the same as physical pain* Social psychology (sp): scientific study of feelings, thoughts, behaviors of individuals in social situations. Research in social psychology has provided at least partial answers to such questions. Some answers don"t surprise us, but others are counterintuitive. The situation can often determine behavior despite individual differences. They can cause dramatic changes in our beliefs/behavior: nazi germany, 2004, during the war of iraq, cbs exposed american atrocities against iraqi prisoners. Haney, banks & zimbardo (1973), study of simulated prison.

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