Ch 12: Elements of Social Psychology

About This Chapter

Use this video lessons to learn about social psychology. Find out how individuals interact in a social context and explore the theories behind their behavior.

About This Chapter

In this chapter, our instructors provide you with an introduction to the basic elements of social psychology. This is an offshoot of the main area of psychology that examines how people behave in a social setting, and it uses scientific research to form social behavior theories. The lesson opens with an overview of group behaviors and helps you develop an understanding of how and why individuals act, feel and think as they do in certain social situations.

As you progress through the chapter, you'll have the chance to consider the social determinants that can influence actions and conduct, including points of view, conventionality and group dynamics. The lesson also includes a discussion of stereotypes, such as prejudice and discrimination, and covers topics related to obedience and authority. When you have completed the chapter, you should have a working knowledge of the following elements of social psychology:

  • Aggression
  • Altruism (selflessness)
  • Attitudes
  • Attraction and close relationships
  • Attribution (acknowledgement)
  • Persuasion
  • Conformity

Our short and informative video lesson on social psychology is taught by experienced, professional instructors. Through the use of video tags, you'll be able to revisit important parts of the tutorial without having to re-watch the entire video. The presentation is also available in transcript format, and you can use the links to key terms to access text lessons with additional information. Additional features include self-assessment quizzes and the opportunity to see how much you have learned about this fascinating and complex subject.

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: Elements of Social Psychology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Group Behavior in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences

1. 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.

Aggression: Origins, Theories & Differences

2. 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 Altruism in Social Psychology? - Origins & Social Influence

3. 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.

What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

4. 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.

Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

5. 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.

Attraction: Types, Cultural Differences & Interpersonal Attraction

6. 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!

Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

7. 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.

Understanding Strategies of Persuasion in Psychology

8. Understanding Strategies of Persuasion in Psychology

How are we persuaded to change our attitudes or behave in a certain way? In this lesson, you'll see four strategies of persuasion that can be used in a variety of social situations.

Conformity: Social Pressure, Solomon Asch & Cultural Influence

9. 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

10. 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.

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