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Ch 77: Social Behavior

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Watch this chapter's video lessons to refresh your knowledge of social behavior. Get explanations of theories related to relationships and attachment as well as details on mating systems.

Social Behavior - Chapter Summary

This chapter examines multiple aspects of social behavior in humans and, in some cases, other animals. Our instructors guide you through several theoretical perspectives on physical attraction, love, mating and relationships. You'll also examine the motivations to engage in altruistic behavior as well as the influence physical appearance has on our perceptions of others. Once you finish studying the video lessons in this chapter, you should feel comfortable with:

  • Describing the factors that influence our perception of physical attractiveness
  • Identifying the benefits and drawbacks of the halo effect
  • Understanding the social exchange theory of relationships
  • Discussing attachment styles according to the attachment theory of love
  • Explaining the biological and social motivations behind altruistic behavior
  • Recognizing the effect of optimal foraging on animal behavior
  • Listing and describing types of animal mating systems

We use short and entertaining video lessons to help you strengthen your understanding of social behavior. After watching a video all the way through, you can use our video tags to go back and review major points. Lessons also include transcripts and, in many cases, links to text lessons with extra details on key terms. Be sure to complete the multiple-choice lesson quizzes, as these help you quickly gauge your comprehension of the chapter's material.

7 Lessons in Chapter 77: Social Behavior
Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Ratios & the ''Babyface'' Phenomenon

1. Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Ratios & the ''Babyface'' Phenomenon

Physical traits are more important to attraction than many of us would care to admit. In this lesson, we discuss cross-cultural similarities in traits considered physically attractive, including symmetry, waist-to-hip and waist-to-shoulder ratios, and the 'baby face' phenomenon.

The Halo Effect: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

2. The Halo Effect: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Multiple studies have shown just how much attractiveness matters in our society, even when it shouldn't. In this lesson, we define and discuss the halo effect and how a person's looks can affect our assumptions about that person.

Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions

3. Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions

In this lesson, we define and discuss social exchange theory and what it predicts about romantic relationships. We also define and discuss the theory's three components: cost-benefit analysis, comparison level, and comparison level of alternatives.

The Attachment Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

4. The Attachment Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

We discuss the attachment theory of love in this lesson, and distinguish between the three types of attachment styles. We also examine a classic study and how it predicts adult relationships based on attachment style.

What is Altruism in Social Psychology? - Origins & Social Influence

5. What is Altruism in Social Psychology? - Origins & Social Influence

Why do we help others, and when do we decide not to help others? In this lesson, you'll take a look at the biological and social motivation behind altruism.

Optimal Foraging Theory & Its Impact on Animal Behavior

6. Optimal Foraging Theory & Its Impact on Animal Behavior

Do you like to waste food or money? Do you think it's funny to pointlessly exert energy on things that have absolutely no utility? In that case, you're doomed! So says the optimal foraging theory.

Animal Mating Systems, Mate Choice, Sexual Selection & Male Competition

7. Animal Mating Systems, Mate Choice, Sexual Selection & Male Competition

Choosing a mate is the single most important thing that most animals will do for the continuation of their species. In this lesson, we look at what goes into mate selection, as well as how that biology may influence who we fall for.

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