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Wilfrid Laurier University
Christian Jordan

SOCIAL P SYCHOLOGY :C HAPTER O NE - Social Psychology: a science that studies the influences of our situations, with special attention to how we view and affect one another o How people think about, influence and relate to one another - Focuses less on differences among individuals than personality psychology and more on how individuals IN GENERAL view/affect eachother Major Themes in Social Psychology - We construct our social reality o Humans have urge to explain behavior, find cause and make it orderly, predictable and controllable o React differently b/c think differently o Consistent/distinctive behavior = personality  E.g. snide comments all the time = mean person - Our social intuitions are often powerful but sometimes perilous - Social influences shape our behavior o We respond to our immediate contexts o Situation makes us act iin ways that depart from our usual attitudes  E.g. decent people became Nazi’s, generosity during tsunami o Cultures help define situations  Where you live  If you’re shaped more on socialism, capitalism etc. o Adapt to our social context - Personal attitudes and dispositions shape behavior o Inner attitudes affect behavior  E.g. political attitude affect voting behavior o Personality also effects behavior  Same situation, different people (different personalities) react differently - Social behavior is biologically rooted o Nature and nurture o Social neuroscience: examine neurobiology that underlies social behavior  Stress hormones affect feelings, social ostracism elevates BP - Relating to others is a basic need o Some believe self-esteem = reading of how accepted we feel by others Social Psychology and Human Values - Social psychology reflects social history o 1950’s – conformity, 1960’s –aggression, 1970’s – feminist movement, 1980’s – race - Values differ across cultures o European social psychologists  “social identity”, North American social psychologists  focused more on individuals - Values influence the types of people attracted to various disciplines - Human mind has tendency to prejudge reality based on expectations - Social representations: socially shared beliefs o Often most unexamined convictions b/c scholars from same cultu
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