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SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

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  1. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY How we think-feel-behave In social situations

  2. World War II • Desire to understand atrocities of war • Work of Fritz Heider and Kurt Lewin Origins of social psychology

  3. What can we learn from the Sneeches???

  4. Established values • Expectations • Behavior patterns We live in a social world

  5. Stanley Milgram • 6 Degrees of Separation • Small World Project It’s a small world

  6. What would you do? Why? People need people Dr. Zilstein’s shock stop

  7. Leon Festinger Social Comparison Theory

  8. We form judgments about the people we meet • First impressions= strong and frequently lasting • Based on limited information • Lawyers-Professors-Teenagers-Athletes??? Social Perception

  9. The world can be unpredictable- • Think: the Red Sox winning the World Series-TWICE • We like consistency • We like stable “views” of people If we are so often wrong- why do we rely on our impressions at all?

  10. Daniel Simons • Agatha Christie How much of the environment do we actually see?

  11. Not convinced?

  12. Our effort to understand the causes of other people’s behavior. Attribution

  13. Dispositional Attribution External Attribution • View others behavior as related to their internal characteristics • View others behavior as related to their environment or the situation

  14. The tendency to see other people’s behavior as dispositional (coming from their characteristics) and to underestimate the power of the situation. • This is especially true when we judge our own behavior! Fundamental Attribution Error

  15. How we evaluate situations may be cultural…