Definition the scientific study of how individuals" thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by other people; social psych can be considered the science of social behaviour. 3. aspect of individuals lives which includes their thoughts (cognitions), feelings (affect), and behaviours: examples: memory of other people, emotions, social behaviours. Caution just because many things in social psych are applicable to our lives doesn"t mean that we have extensive knowledge on the topic you may start to think you know more than you do. Social psychology"s connections to other areas of psychology: personality psychology probably the most closely related area of psychology, study traits (dispositions) that help us explain human behaviour. Study individuals who are suffering from some psychological or emotional problem. Related so social psych because of loneliness, shyness, relationship problems, Historical background of social psychology: modern social psychology has existed for only about 50-60 years. Identity both social psychologists and philosophers want to know about the idea of identity.