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Chapter 1

Chapter 1

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Psychology
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PSYB10H3
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Elizabeth Page- Gould

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CHAPTER 1
Introduction to Social Psychology
What is Social Psychology?
-social influence extends beyond behaviour, includes or thoughts and feelings, as well as
our overt acts
-social psychology is the scientific study of way in which people’s thoughts, feelings, and
behaviours are influenced by real or imagined presence of other people
The Power of Social Interpretation
-social psychology is distinct because it is concerned with how people are influenced by
their interpretations, or construal, of their social environment
Some Alternative Ways of Understanding Social Influence
Folk Wisdom
-journalists, social critics, and novelists gather sources from folk wisdom or common
sense
-more often than not, they disagree with each other and there is no easy way of
determining which of them is correct
-one task of social psychologist is to make educated guesses about specific situations
under which one outcome or other would occur
Social Psychology Compared with Sociology
-sociology is more concerned with broad societal factors that influence events in a given
society
-goal of social psychology is to identify universal properties of human nature that make
everyone susceptible to social influence regardless of social class or culture
Social Psychology Compared with Personality Psychology
-when people behave in certain ways, it is natural to try to pinpoint what aspects of their
personality led them to respond as they did
-personality psychologists tend to focus on individual differences, aspects of individual’s
personality that make him or her different from other individuals
The Power of Social Influence
-fundamental attribution error is the tendency to overestimate the extent to which
people’s behaviour stems from internal factors, and underestimate role of situational
factors
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CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Social Psychology What is Social Psychology? - social influence extends beyond behaviour, includes or thoughts and feelings, as well as our overt acts - social psychology is the scientific study of way in which peoples thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by real or imagined presence of other people The Power of Social Interpretation - social psychology is distinct because it is concerned with how people are influenced by their interpretations, or construal, of their social environment Some Alternative Ways of Understanding Social Influence Folk Wisdom - journalists, social critics, and novelists gather sources from folk wisdom or common sense - more often than not, they disagree with each other and there is no easy way of determining which of them is correct - one task of social psychologist is to make educated guesses about specific situations
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