What is Social Psychology?
<ul><li>The  scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. </li></ul><ul><li>Broadly i...
Social Psychology and its Relatives <ul><li>Sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Neuroscience/Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Ps...
Sociology and Marriage
Biological Psychology and Marriage
Clinical Psychology and Marriage
Cognitive Psychology and Marriage
Developmental Psychology and Marriage
Personality and Marriage
Social Psychology! <ul><li>All of these examples relate to social psychology! </li></ul><ul><li>Social Psychology focuses ...
The Power of the Situation <ul><li>“ We cannot be distinguished from our situations, for they form us and decide our possi...
What are we interested in? <ul><li>Social psychology has a range of topics including but not limited to: </li></ul>
How do we see ourselves and relate to others?
Why do we make the decisions we do?
What determines who we are attracted to?
<ul><li>What causes racism and can we combat it? </li></ul>
What determines when and who we help? Is there such a thing as true altruism?
<ul><li>When do we act aggressively? </li></ul>Does venting frustration reduce aggression?
<ul><li>How are people persuaded? </li></ul>
How can we increase self-control?
Contemporary Social Issues
Before Social Psychology <ul><li>Behaviorism   VS. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychoanalysis (Freud) </li></ul>
WWII Major Catalyst <ul><ul><li>WTF!?! </li></ul></ul>
Some Common Themes <ul><li>We are evolved cultural animals </li></ul><ul><li>Selfish impulse VS. social conscience </li></...
Evolved Cultural Animals <ul><li>Sometimes we forget- we are animals! </li></ul><ul><li>The environment we evolved to thri...
Selfish Impulse Vs. Social Conscience <ul><li>Nature says, “Go,” culture says, “Stop.” </li></ul><ul><li>Competing Interna...
Power of the Situation <ul><li>Our situations determine our possibilities </li></ul>
The Duplex Mind <ul><li>Automatic and nonconscious vs. controlled and conscious </li></ul><ul><li>A lot goes on that we ar...
We Construct our Reality <ul><li>Everyone thinks they are right </li></ul>
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  1. 1. What is Social Psychology?
  2. 2. <ul><li>The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. </li></ul><ul><li>Broadly interpreted- how people think, act, and feel. </li></ul>What is Social Psychology?
  3. 3. Social Psychology and its Relatives <ul><li>Sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Neuroscience/Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Personality Psychology </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sociology and Marriage
  5. 5. Biological Psychology and Marriage
  6. 6. Clinical Psychology and Marriage
  7. 7. Cognitive Psychology and Marriage
  8. 8. Developmental Psychology and Marriage
  9. 9. Personality and Marriage
  10. 10. Social Psychology! <ul><li>All of these examples relate to social psychology! </li></ul><ul><li>Social Psychology focuses on the Person X Situation Interaction </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Power of the Situation <ul><li>“ We cannot be distinguished from our situations, for they form us and decide our possibilities.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jean-Paul Sarte </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What are we interested in? <ul><li>Social psychology has a range of topics including but not limited to: </li></ul>
  13. 13. How do we see ourselves and relate to others?
  14. 14. Why do we make the decisions we do?
  15. 15. What determines who we are attracted to?
  16. 16. <ul><li>What causes racism and can we combat it? </li></ul>
  17. 17. What determines when and who we help? Is there such a thing as true altruism?
  18. 18. <ul><li>When do we act aggressively? </li></ul>Does venting frustration reduce aggression?
  19. 19. <ul><li>How are people persuaded? </li></ul>
  20. 20. How can we increase self-control?
  21. 21. Contemporary Social Issues
  22. 22. Before Social Psychology <ul><li>Behaviorism VS. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychoanalysis (Freud) </li></ul>
  23. 23. WWII Major Catalyst <ul><ul><li>WTF!?! </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Some Common Themes <ul><li>We are evolved cultural animals </li></ul><ul><li>Selfish impulse VS. social conscience </li></ul><ul><li>Our situations strongly shape our thoughts, attitudes, emotions, and behavior </li></ul><ul><li>We have duplex minds that enable intuitions </li></ul><ul><li>We construct our reality </li></ul>
  25. 25. Evolved Cultural Animals <ul><li>Sometimes we forget- we are animals! </li></ul><ul><li>The environment we evolved to thrive in is different than the one we live in now </li></ul>
  26. 26. Selfish Impulse Vs. Social Conscience <ul><li>Nature says, “Go,” culture says, “Stop.” </li></ul><ul><li>Competing Internal and External Drives </li></ul>
  27. 27. Power of the Situation <ul><li>Our situations determine our possibilities </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Duplex Mind <ul><li>Automatic and nonconscious vs. controlled and conscious </li></ul><ul><li>A lot goes on that we are unaware of! </li></ul>
  29. 29. We Construct our Reality <ul><li>Everyone thinks they are right </li></ul>
  30. 30. Next class: Research Methods
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