Ch 13: AP Psychology: Study of Social Psychology

About This Chapter

Watch social psychology video lessons and learn about altruism, conformity, aggression, groupthink, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP Psychology course.

Study of Social Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Other people can have wide-ranging effects on our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Social psychology seeks to study these effects. In this chapter, you'll explore famous experiments, like Milgram's obedience study and Asch's work with conformity, to see what psychologists have discovered about group interactions. You'll learn the definitions of attribution, altruism, and stereotypes and how these concepts work within the field of psychology. You'll see what the influence of other people can have on cognitive, behavioral, and emotional actions and reactions. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • The ways in which social groups can affect behavior
  • Classic experiments in the field and their outcomes
  • Why people become aggressive or altruistic
  • What function stereotypes serve in society

Intro to Social PsychologyDefine social psychology and get an overview of the field.
Group BehaviorLearn about how groups can affect behavior, including reactions like social loafing and groupthink.
AttributionUnderstand how attribution can change our view of a situation.
AttractionExplore what makes people attractive via Robert Sternberg's triangular model of love.
ConformityLearn about why people might conform and look at Solomon Asch's famous experiment on group conformity.
Obedience and AuthorityUnderstand Stanley Milgram's notorious obedience experiment and what it showed about response to authority.
AttitudesExplore the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional components of attitudes and the ways in which they are learned.
AltruismUnderstand why we might decide to help others and the social influences that affect altruistic behavior.
AggressionLearn about the origins of violent behavior, both biological and cultural.
StereotypesExplore why stereotypes are formed, what function they serve, and why this is linked to evolution.
Organizational PsychologyLearn about the scientific study of employees and workplaces.

14 Lessons in Chapter 13: AP Psychology: Study of Social Psychology
Intro to Social Psychology

1. Intro to Social Psychology

What is social psychology and how is it used? This lesson offers an introduction to the social influences, as well as the group and individual behaviors, covered by this field.

Group Behavior

2. Group Behavior

Do individuals behave differently in groups than they would on their own? How do group dynamics affect our decision-making skills? You'll learn about the benefits and potential pitfalls than can come from belonging to a group.


3. Attribution

Do you attribute your success to your abilities and failure to outside forces? You'll explore possible ways of weighing personal responsibility and environmental factors when trying to determine what caused an outcome.


4. Attraction

What makes people attractive? In this lesson, you'll start with physical attributes and look beyond to other factors that determine attraction. Get ready to explore the love triangle!


5. Conformity

Why do we conform? How do factors like group size and social status affect the likelihood of conformity? In this lesson, you'll explore two types of conformity.

Obedience and Authority

6. Obedience and Authority

What types of social situations make it more likely that we'll obey authority? You'll observe Milgram's electric shock experiment and what it revealed about the relationship between obedience and authority.


7. Attitudes

Have you ever wondered how your attitudes are formed and how they affect your behavior? In this lesson, we'll take a look at some of the internal and external factors that form our attitudes and how our behavior can be affected or changed by various influences.

The Halo Effect: How Traits Affect Our Judgment

8. The Halo Effect: How Traits Affect Our Judgment

Have you ever noticed that someone who is really nice seems to be prettier? Or that someone who isn't so nice doesn't look so hot? In this lesson, we'll examine the halo effect, examples of where it can be seen in real life, and its opposite: the devil effect.


9. Altruism

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.


10. Aggression

What roles do nature and nurture play in aggressive tendencies? You'll explore origins of aggression and how acceptance of this behavior may differ among societies.


11. Stereotypes

Stereotyping is something we do daily, even if we don't realize it. By classifying groups of people, we can better understand the world around us, although prejudice may be a result. In this lesson, we'll watch Amy categorize strangers she sees on a bus and determine the reasons why humans tend to stereotype.

What Is Organizational Psychology?

12. What Is Organizational Psychology?

Want a career that involves working with people and also businesses? Organizational psychology deals with the intersection of people and business. In this lesson, we'll look at the details of what organizational psychology is and what it entails.

What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field

13. What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field

Organizational behavior is the study of both group and individual performance and activity within an organization. Internal and external perspectives are two theories of how organizational behavior can be viewed by companies.

Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior

14. Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior

The major behavioral science disciplines that have contributed to the development of organizational behavior are psychology, sociology, anthropology, management and medicine. In this lesson, you'll learn about how these behavioral sciences have influenced the development of organizational behavior.

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