SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY How we think-feel-behave In social situations
World War II • Desire to understand atrocities of war • Work of Fritz Heider and Kurt Lewin Origins of social psychology
Established values • Expectations • Behavior patterns We live in a social world
Stanley Milgram • 6 Degrees of Separation • Small World Project It’s a small world
What would you do? Why? People need people Dr. Zilstein’s shock stop
Leon Festinger Social Comparison Theory
We form judgments about the people we meet • First impressions= strong and frequently lasting • Based on limited information • Lawyers-Professors-Teenagers-Athletes??? Social Perception
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?
Daniel Simons • Agatha Christie How much of the environment do we actually see?
Our effort to understand the causes of other people’s behavior. Attribution
Dispositional Attribution External Attribution • View others behavior as related to their internal characteristics • View others behavior as related to their environment or the situation
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