A branch of psychology concerned with the way individuals" thoughts, feelings & behaviours are influences by others. 6 main topics in this section person perception, attribution processes, interpersonal attraction, attitudes, conformity & obedience, behaviour in groups. Social psychologists study how people are affected by the presence of others. Person perception: the process of forming impressions of others. Judgement"s of personality are based on appearance; their physical attractiveness. good-looking people grab our attention almost im mediately & hold onto it longer than less attractive. People ascribe desirable personality characteristics to good-looking people (more sociable, friendly, poised, warm) Scientifically, there is little correlation between attractiveness & personality traits. Attractive people are overrepresented in the entertainment media. People tend to view those with baby-faced features as more honest & trustworthy while being warm, submissive, helpless & naive however there is no real association. Attractive people are seen to be more happy & successful in life.