Ch 25: Basics of Social Psychology

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Watch video lessons on social psychology and learn about group behavior, conformity, attitudes, stereotypes and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Basics of Social Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Social psychology is used to show the connection between an individual's thoughts and feelings and societal influences. This chapter explores these concepts with lessons on group behavior, stereotypes, conformity and attitudes. The instructors who lead these videos will discuss obedience, authority and attraction then offer training on organizational psychology. When you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll be familiar with:

  • Reasons that stereotypes are formed
  • Affect of attitudes on behavior
  • Persuasion strategies
  • Internal and external causes of behavior
  • Biological causes for aggressive behavior

Video Objectives
Intro to Social Psychology Discuss the history of social psychology and find out who uses it. Describe ways that social psychology is used.
Group Behavior Assess the affect of groups on behavior and what roles individuals play in groups. Explore ways that group dynamics influence the decision-making process.
Attribution Define attribution theory and look at stable and unstable and internal and external causes of behavior. Describe errors that occur when assigning cause.
Attraction Discuss features that determine attraction. Explore Sternberg's triangular model of love.
Conformity Describe reasons that people conform and some consequences of non-conformity.
Obedience and Authority Assess Milgram's Obedience Experiment to learn about the connection between obedience and authority.
Attitudes Describe some components of attitudes and how they are formed. Delve into methods for measuring attitudes and ways that attitudes can be changed.
Altruism Explore the origins of altruism and social factors that limit our desire to be altruistic.
Aggression Summarize biological and environmental causes of aggression and describe how aggression is viewed in society.
Stereotypes Outline the function of stereotypes and determine how prejudices are formed.
What Is Organizational Psychology? Explore the two aspects of organizational psychology and job duties associated with this specialty.

11 Lessons in Chapter 25: Basics of Social Psychology
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Introduction to Social Psychology: Kurt Lewin & Modern Uses

1. Introduction to Social Psychology: Kurt Lewin & Modern Uses

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 in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences

2. Group Behavior in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences

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.

Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

3. Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

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.

Attraction: Types, Cultural Differences & Interpersonal Attraction

4. Attraction: Types, Cultural Differences & Interpersonal 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!

Conformity: Social Pressure, Solomon Asch & Cultural Influence

5. Conformity: Social Pressure, Solomon Asch & Cultural Influence

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 & Authority in Psychology: Stanley Milgram's Experiment

6. Obedience & Authority in Psychology: Stanley Milgram's Experiment

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.

Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

7. Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

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.

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

8. 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.

Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences

9. Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences

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.

What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

10. What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

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?

11. 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.

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