Social psychology is the scientific study of the feelings, thoughts and behaviors of
individuals in social situations.
Study situations in which people exert influence over one another
Ways people respond to influence
Look at how people make sense of the world
Who/what to believe
Reach conclusions about causes of events
Milgram experiment is the shock experiment where 80% of participants went
past the 150 volt level. The average shock level was 360 volts.
Seminarian experiment is when 10% of seminarians that were in a rush did not
help an old man in pain but when given plenty of time 60% stopped to help.
Situational factors are whether a person is being pressured or if they are late
Internal factors, kind of person someone is
Dispositions, beliefs/values/personality traits/abilities that guide a person’s
Fundamental attribution theory is the failure to recognize the importance of
situational influences on behavior, together with the tendency to overemphasize
the importance of disposition, or traits.
Channel factors are certain situational circumstances that appear unimportant on
the surface but that can have great consequences for behavior or guiding behavior
in a particular direction.
Example: shaping a vague intention into a concrete plan
A participant is someone that is acting freely; learning is a normal activity that
depends on…feedback which usually is a form of information. Expe