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Queen's University
PSYC 241
Roderick C L Lindsay

Chapter 1- What is Social Psychology - Social psychology- the scientific study of how individuals think, feel, and behave in a social context o Applies the scientific method of systematic observations, description, and measurement to the study of the human condition - Social psychology focuses on the individual in a social sense - Social psychological pursuits are so because the thoughts, feelings, or behaviours either concern other people or are influenced by other people - Even implied or imagined presence of others can impact individuals o Ex. Imagining negative reactions from others can cause a reaction - Learning social psych is learning about ourselves and the social world—provides insights impossible to gain through intuition or experience alone - Sometimes our perception of something can be influenced more by the reactions of others than by the thing itself o Social context, even when subtle, can have very powerful effects (Ronald Reagan Experiment, jokes and reaction to his jokes) - Sociology focuses on the group level, social psych focuses on the individual level - Social psychologists don’t focus on disorders, they focus on more typical ways in which individuals think, feel, behave, and influence each other - Personality p
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