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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY100H1
Professor
Elizabeth Page- Gould
Semester
Fall

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Social Psychology WHAT IS SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY? Social psychology: study in which people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people psychological process going on in their hearts and minds to understand why people intentionally hurt one another focus is on social class, social structure, and social institutions The 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 Construal: way in which people perceive, comprehend, and interpret the social world. (In a murder trial, DNA tests will have a decisive impact on the verdict, but no matter how powerful the evidence might be, the final verdict will always hinge on how the jury construes that evidence) The 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 THE POWER OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE Fundamental attribution error: tendency to overestimate the significance of internal factors and underestimate the significance of external factors in explaining others behaviour Ex: when a goalie misses a save, we are more likely to conclude that the goalie lacks skill than to consider the possibility that his sight was blocked Behaviourism: to understand human behaviour one need only consider the reinforcing properties of the environment- that is, how positive and negative events in the environment are associated w
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