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Ch 19: GRE Psychology: Social Psychology

About This Chapter

This chapter reviews important social psychology concepts for your GRE Psychology Test prep. Short, engaging video lessons are used to break down the material.

GRE Psychology: Social Psychology - Chapter Summary

The lessons across this chapter effectively cover a range of social psychology topics so that you're ready for all relevant items on the GRE Psychology Test. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • The definition for social psychology
  • The major social psychology themes and perspectives
  • Kinds of schemata
  • The executive and organizational functions of the self
  • How gender and sex differ
  • Attitudes and attraction
  • The evolutionary theory of love
  • The equity theory of love
  • Social exchange theory
  • Attribution
  • Persuasion and conformity
  • Milgram's obedience experiment
  • How groups affect behavior
  • Aggression
  • Altruism
  • Evolutionary psychology

You can easily find your way back to any segments for a second look by using the video tags. Follow each lesson with a practice quiz to confirm your knowledge of the topics.

GRE Psychology: Social Psychology Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology Test helps graduate school admissions departments determine how fit you are for advanced studies in psychology. There are approximately 205 multiple-choice questions on the test. Between 12 and 14% of the questions will come from the social psychology section of the exam.

20 Lessons in Chapter 19: GRE Psychology: Social Psychology
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What Is Social Psychology? - Definition & Professions in the Field

1. What Is Social Psychology? - Definition & Professions in the Field

Social psychology is the study of how people act, think, and feel in the context of society. In this lesson, we will learn more about social psychology, what it has in common with other fields of study, and what types of careers are available in social psychology.

Major Perspectives of Social Psychology

2. Major Perspectives of Social Psychology

There are four major perspectives in social psychology. Let's look at each perspective and how each one might approach a common question in social psychology.

The 7 Major Themes of Social Psychology

3. The 7 Major Themes of Social Psychology

Social psychology can be divided up into seven main themes, or categories. Under each theme is a whole host of more specific topics. In this lesson, we will look at each of the seven major themes and examples of topics that each theme covers.

What is Social Judgment Theory? - Definition & Examples

4. What is Social Judgment Theory? - Definition & Examples

Social scientists try to understand how we interact and influence one another. In this lesson, we'll discuss social judgment theory, one theory that has been put forth as an explanation for how we hear and judge persuasive arguments.

Decision Making: Process & Models

5. Decision Making: Process & Models

Have you noticed that some groups seem to work very well together when making decisions, and others seem unable to make decisions? This lesson discusses the process of making group decisions and various models associated with making decisions.

The Self: Executive and Organizational Functions & Gender and Cultural Differences

6. The Self: Executive and Organizational Functions & Gender and Cultural Differences

How people view themselves has a lot to do with how they view the world around them. This lesson looks at the self, including its executive and organizational functions and gender and cultural differences in constructing a self-image.

What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

7. 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.

Sex and Gender in Society: Differences, Preferences & Characteristics

8. Sex and Gender in Society: Differences, Preferences & Characteristics

You might think you know everything about the differences between boys and girls, but this lesson covers less commonly understood topics. After defining sex vs. gender, it covers less common sexual identities, such as intersexed and transgender individuals. In addition, theories on sexual orientation are covered, including both categorical and continuum perspectives of sexual interest.

Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

9. 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

10. 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!

The Evolutionary Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

11. The Evolutionary Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

In this lesson, we define and discuss evolutionary psychology's theory of love. We also examine the theory's predictions when it comes to differences between a male and female's motivation behind attraction, promiscuity, and jealousy.

Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions

12. 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 Equity Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

13. The Equity Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions

Sometimes, love isn't enough to sustain a relationship. In this lesson, we discuss the importance of equality in a relationship by defining equity theory. We go through the theory's proposals and how it predicts when we are most likely to stay in certain relationships.

Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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.

Group Behavior in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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.

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