PSY220 – Fritzley;
What is social psychology?
Study of the nature and causes of behaviour and thoughts of an individual in social
Key features of social psych:
- focused on behaviour and thought of individuals
- foused on causes of behaviour
Why is social psych a science and not just common sense?
There are certain problems with common sense, in that it’s not always clear
e.g. Hindsight bias: we say things are common sense often when they have passed. We
overestimate how well we would have predicted a known outcome
e.g. Planning fallacy: projects tend to take longer than the time we set for them.
Social psych is imp b/c we are prone to errors and we rely on the scientific method.
Core values of science:
- Skepticism: e.g. pregnancy news is often not shared with other ppl until it’s
- Open-mindedness: willingness to change your mind
They are unconscious processes that happen without our knowledge. For example, you
might indulge in a stereotype or a racist remark without intention even you are not a
racist; or often times we meet ppl that we just don’t like!
This is another reason why we can’t rely on common sense
Social psychology and culture:
Multicultural perspective is imp in social psych
e.g. people recognize faces of ppl belonging to th