PSYB10H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Gestalt Psychology, Terror Management Theory, Evolutionary Psychology
Social psychology- scientific study of the way in which people"s thoughts, feelings, etc. , are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Everyone is influenced by other people direct attempts include persuasion whereby, one person deliberately tries to change another person"s behaviour. We are often influenced merely by the presence of others (even when we are not in the physical presence of people) Social psychology is distinct because it"s concerned not so much with social situations in any objective sense, but rather with how people are influenced by their interpretation or construal. Construal- the way in which people perceive, comprehend, and interpret the social world. Social psych is that it is an experimentally based science that tests its assumptions, guesses and ideas about human social behaviour empirically and systematically rather than relying on folk wisdom or common sense.