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The scientific study of the way in which people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people; How people think, feel, and behave in social situations.

Theories and Concepts:

Social Influence

Social Environments

Using Power to Influence Others

Central Vs. Peripheral Route to Persuasion

Fundamental Attribution Error

Self-Serving Bias

Group Think

Accountability

Bystander Effect

Diffusion of Responsiblity

Social Cognition – Our View of Self and Others

The effect that words, actions, or mere presence of other people have on our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, or behavior.

Social Psychology

Social Psychology is the study of the combination of the elements of chemistry and biology.

A change in a person’s behavior or beliefs in response to the intentional or unintentional influence of others. The study of the effect of situational factors and other people on an individual’s behavior.

The reference to imagined or implied others suggests that we are prone to social influence even when no other people are present, such as when watching television, or following internalized cultural norms.  Social Psychology is the study of influence, persuasion, attitudes, and conformity.  Social Psychology attempts to explain human behavior and the relationship between the interaction of the person, environment, and social situation(i, ii).

Solomon Asch is best known for laboratory studies on conformity showing that under certain circumstances, a large percentage of people will conform to a majority position even when the position is clearly incorrect. He also published seminal studies on the primacy effect and halo effect, and helped inspire Stanley Milgram’s research on obedience to authority (iii)

Stanley Milgram is famous for a set of studies suggesting that most people will obey an experimenter’s order to administer potentially deadly levels of electric shock to a protesting stranger. He also invented several research techniques unrelated to obedience, such as the lost-letter technique, cyranoid technique, and small-world (“six degrees of separation”) technique (iii).

Phillip Zimbardo is famous for the Stanford Prison experiment and is the author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (iii).

(i) Aronson, E.,(2012) The Social Animal,(11th ed). New York: Worth Publishers

(ii) Myers, D.,(2015) Exploring Social Psychology,(7 th ed). McGraw Hill.

(iii)Social Psychology Network, http://www.socialpsychology.org/


41 Comments

  1. sherryrem26 says:

    Read but I did not understand.

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  2. andreachavezlopez says:

    read and kind of understood.

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  3. Navy says:

    Read and somewhat Understood. I wrote my thoughts on paper.

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  4. sheyla4801 says:

    read and somewhat understood.

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  5. kdhernandez11 says:

    read and understood

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  6. Sayomi (Grace) says:

    Read and understood.

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  7. eguerrieo says:

    Read and understood.

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  8. Tristan Hope says:

    Read and somewhat understood

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  9. Melissa M says:

    read and SOMEWHAT understood

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  10. Calvin Cannon says:

    read and understood mostly

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  11. Olivia Filipowich says:

    Read and Understood for the most part. Will definitely need to review

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  12. Maria G Pineda says:

    read and understood that social psychology studies the interaction a person has within the environment or social situation.

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  13. kdhernandez11 says:

    read and somewhat understood kinda confused on the part it said under certain circumstances, a large percentage of people will conform to a majority position even when the position is clearly incorrect.

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  14. Harman P Singh says:

    read and understood that social psychology is the study of how social interactions affects a person

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  15. anthonymansi001 says:

    read it and it it seems social psychology is the milgram experiment or majority conforming to social norms .

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  16. Debbie Ross says:

    Read this and not fully understood it

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  17. Cindy Victor Lacombe says:

    Read and let me elaborate on what I understood. Human behavior changes base on the environment that you are in at the time (ASCH studies display something similar). In some people it changes base on what they observe as well. Often time we blame other people for our behavior. Milgam Techniques to me are more likely punishment than obedience.
    I will get more clarification in class.

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  18. Kamilla DeFreitas says:

    Read and somewhat understood, Asch is known for experimenting with conformity, I dont understand “a large percentage of people will conform to a majority position even when the position is clearly incorrect” need more clarification on what this exactly means. Milgram is known for experimenting with the electrical chair.

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  19. Fernando L Sousa says:

    read and under the 3 different people that have conducted experiments

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  20. lillyanamayo says:

    Read and understood the basics

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  21. Tristan H says:

    Read and understood most of the theories . Good people will do evil things under serious pressure .

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  22. Lydia Li says:

    Read and mostly understood. Asch’s theory somewhat supports the idea of peer pressure since when people see a lot of people doing something, they don’t want to be left out so they end up participating in whatever the activity may be even if it doesn’t follow his/her morals.

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  23. JingRen says:

    Read and somewhat understood.

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  24. Fernando L Sousa says:

    read and somewhat understood

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  25. Yasmin says:

    Read and understood. Milgram’s experiment does prove a point and maybe a few people really were just following orders during WWII (?)

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  26. Olivia Filipowich says:

    Read and Understood

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  27. cmfenelo says:

    Read and understand

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  28. Kiana Jeanniton says:

    Read and understood

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    • kiana says:

      I understand that social psychology is based on how other people influence your behavior regardless of it being intentional or unintentional

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  29. Hrich says:

    Read and Understood.

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  30. ojune4 says:

    read and understood

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  31. aymarasoto says:

    Read and understood (Solomon Asch helped inspire Stanley Milgram’s research on obedience to authority- glad I read it)

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  32. philgdasilva says:

    read and understood

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  33. Nigus Workie says:

    read and understand

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  34. Netra Kumari Bhattarai says:

    read it and did understand most of the part

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  35. Avery Burkhardt says:

    read it and did my best to understand

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