Social Psychology Introductory Flashcards

Social Psychology Introductory Flashcards
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This type of researcher might study how divorce rates are affected by various sociological factors
Sociologist
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This type of researcher might study the ways that certain cultures celebrate a religious holiday
Anthropologist
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Cognition
Thought processes in individuals
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Personality psychology
The study of people's personality traits, thoughts, and behaviors
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Sociology
The study of societies and organizations as a whole as well as how individuals are affected within the organizations
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Psychology
The study of how individuals feel, think, and act
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Anthropology
The study of societal cultures, traditions, and beliefs
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Social psychology
The study of how individuals in the context of a society feel, think, and act; researchers in this field might study children playing in an elementary school playground
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The impact of society
Society can have an impact on many daily activities, including the anger felt toward someone you don't like and washing your hands before handling food
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Conformity
The extent that people will go along with what a group does
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Stereotype threat
This occurs when a person becomes anxious in a situation that might confirm a stereotype of the group he or she belongs to
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Social learning theory
The theory that children learn behavior by paying attention to people they are around, such as a child learning aggressive behavior from a parent
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Normative conformity
This occurs when people know that the group is wrong, but choose to go along out of fear of not being liked
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Social cognition
The way that people think in a society, or how people make sense of the world or are influenced by society
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Perspectives of social psychology
Some of the common perspectives of social psychology are social learning, sociocultural, evolutionary, and social cognition
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When you work your way through this set of flashcards, you will see social psychology terms such as social cognition, normative conformity, and stereotype threat. Other topics include social learning theory and themes in social psychology. You can also quiz yourself on definitions for related fields of study, including anthropology, sociology, and personality psychology.

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Perspectives of social psychology
Some of the common perspectives of social psychology are social learning, sociocultural, evolutionary, and social cognition
Social cognition
The way that people think in a society, or how people make sense of the world or are influenced by society
Normative conformity
This occurs when people know that the group is wrong, but choose to go along out of fear of not being liked
Social learning theory
The theory that children learn behavior by paying attention to people they are around, such as a child learning aggressive behavior from a parent
Stereotype threat
This occurs when a person becomes anxious in a situation that might confirm a stereotype of the group he or she belongs to
Conformity
The extent that people will go along with what a group does
The impact of society
Society can have an impact on many daily activities, including the anger felt toward someone you don't like and washing your hands before handling food
Social psychology
The study of how individuals in the context of a society feel, think, and act; researchers in this field might study children playing in an elementary school playground
Anthropology
The study of societal cultures, traditions, and beliefs
Psychology
The study of how individuals feel, think, and act
Sociology
The study of societies and organizations as a whole as well as how individuals are affected within the organizations
Personality psychology
The study of people's personality traits, thoughts, and behaviors
Cognition
Thought processes in individuals
This type of researcher might study the ways that certain cultures celebrate a religious holiday
Anthropologist
This type of researcher might study how divorce rates are affected by various sociological factors
Sociologist
In a divorce, this type of researcher would likely interview individuals within couples
Social psychologist
Solomon Asch
The famous social psychologist who studied conformity and behavior
Jane Elliott
After witnessing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, this educator in Iowa devised a classroom experiment involving eye color to teach students about the impact of racism
Applied social psychology
Using the principles of social psychology to make the world into a better place
Kurt Lewin
The person considered to be the father of social psychology, who pioneered the way psychology could be linked to society; studied how people interact with different leadership styles
Informative conformity
When a person goes along with a group consensus because the person believes the rest of the group is correct or knows something that he or she does not
7 major themes of social psychology
Social cognition & perception; self in social context; attitudes & persuasion; group decisions; attraction & close relationships; prosocial behavior; stereotypes, prejudice, & discrimination
Albert Bandura
The psychologist who wanted to discover the effects of violent media on children and youth and conducted the Bobo doll study; associated with developing social learning theory
Columbine High School
The events at the school's shooting drew attention to the research conducted by Bandura more than 40 years earlier
The impact of the Bobo doll study
Bandura's study allowed the focus of psychology to shift away from direct reward and punishment
Bobo dolls
Inflatable clown dolls used in Albert Bandura's experiment to test the effects of violent media on children and youth
Possible job duties of a social psychologist
Assisting children with social development, discovering issues with children and teachers in a classroom, or researching the behavior of the elderly in a nursing home
Career locations for social psychologists
Social psychologists might work in non-profits, schools, universities, or the government; professions could include school counselor, university instructor, researcher, or grant writer
Perception
The first part of cognition; the way we perceive the world is then shaped into our own thoughts
Social psychology in context
Social psychologists are more interested in how individuals interact across different cultures in a society, while anthropologists seek to learn about the culture itself

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