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Journal 1 to 3

  1. 1. Social Psychology Name: Kevin Lee Hee Xian FNBE 04/13 Journal 1 - 3
  2. 2. Social Psychology – Journal 1 A title of self-concept was learnt on the first lecture in social psychology class. We were told to define ourselves with the words “I am …..” at the starting of the class. After that, Miss Ang our lecturer told us that without realizing we could have written about more than 100 answers. The way we define ourselves in the answer are our self-schemes. The examples are I am shy, I am underweight and many more. People tend to see themselves at the centre of the stage and it is called the spotlight effect. Such as the times that we fell on the ground and thought that everybody around was laughing at us but in conclusion, only a part of the people was looking at us. We tend to expect a bunch of people looking at us all the time and felt embarrassed after a humiliating act but the reaction was not as bad as we expected. Other than that, we can describe our social identity through self and culture. Everybody’s personal identity is different but some traits may be the same. Another topic that I learned from the class was the power of positive thinking. There was a book that I read a few years ago which had a connection with positive thinking. The book was “the secret” written by Rhonda Byrne. The book talks about positive thinking can create life-changing results such as increasing in health, happiness and wealth.
  3. 3. Social Psychology – Journal 2 In the previous social psychology class, I leant about the topic vision. The structure of the eye is a very interesting. Every part of the eye has its own function. A disorder of vision can cause a person to not see things as clear as a normal eye. The next topic that I learnt from the class was the effect of colour. In psychology, colour can affect or show a person’s feeling. Everybody’s effects towards a colour are different. For example, the colour red may look violent to a person but another person may say red looks romantic. The effect of every colour may be different to everybody. I am also taught that the colour red is more attracting to the eye than other colours. After further research on the topic colour psychology, the general model of colour psychology relies on six basic principles. They are colour can carry specific meaning, colour meaning is either based in learned meaning or biologically innate meaning, the perception of a colour causes evaluation automatically by the person perceiving, the evaluation process forces colour motivated behavior, colour usually exerts its influence automatically and colour meaning and effect has to do with context as well. In class, I also learnt that colours can also be used to attract business. Such as the fast food business McDonald, the brand name which is in red makes customers feel hungry and eat more. Other than food, games which hold a name in red is also more popular than other games title with other colours such as the game Mario.
  4. 4. Social Psychology – Journal 3 The visual system is an interesting topic. Reversible images are pictures that are compatible with two interpretations that can shift back and forth. The amazing pair of eyes shows us different sides of the reversible images. These images give the principle reason that people’s experience of the world is subjective. The visual illusion makes the eye sees things in a different way. Even though both things are the same but the eye gives an illusion that looks like they are different in size or shape. The next topic is about attitudes. According to the slides, attitudes are positive or negative evaluations towards something. There are three types of theories of attitude change in learning. They are evaluative conditioning, operant conditioning and observational conditioning.