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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an introduction to social psychology unit of a standard social psychology course. Topics covered include:
- Careers in social psychology
- Group membership and prejudice
- Primary perspectives of social psychology
- The seven major themes of social psychology
- Social learning
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.
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.
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.
4. Forms of Group Membership: Kurt Lewin's Leadership Study
Kurt Lewin is often described as the father of social psychology. His famous study about the three types of leadership helped psychologists and leaders understand how to form and lead effective groups. Let's take a closer look at Kurt Lewin's leadership study and how it impacted the field of psychology.
5. Conformity: Solomon Asch's Study of Informational vs. Normative Conformity
Solomon Asch was a famous social psychologist whose study on conformity showed that people often conform to the group, even when they know the correct answer. In this lesson, we'll learn about his experiment, as well as the different types of conformity.
6. Social Learning: Albert Bandura's Bobo Doll Study
Albert Bandura is a famous social psychologist whose Bobo doll study illustrates the social learning theory of psychology. In this lesson, we'll look at the Bobo doll study, its impact on the field of psychology, and what it can tell us about the effects of watching violent television.
7. Group Prejudice: Jane Elliott's Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes Experiment
Jane Elliott is an educator whose famous blue eyes/brown eyes exercise showed social psychologists (and her students) the impact that racism has on education and how social psychology can be applied to real-world situations. In this lesson, we'll learn about the exercise and its impact on social psychology.
8. Structural-Functional Theory in Sociology: Definition & Examples
How is society like the human body? Find out in this lesson as you read about Herbert Spencer and Robert Merton, who contributed to the theory of structural functionalism. Read about key elements of the theory and test your knowledge with a quiz.
9. Behavior: Definition & Explanation
Learn about the psychological concept of behavior. Learn how the understanding of behavior has changed with new developments in psychology and how behavioral experiments have led to breakthroughs in new psychological therapies.
10. George Vaillant and Defense Mechanisms
George Vaillant took Freud's initial work with defense mechanisms and shaped it into a new way of viewing how we cope with anxiety. Learn about his theory of defense mechanisms and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
11. What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning
This lesson defines the word diversity. It also gives examples of both visible and invisible diversity. Some examples of understanding diversity and why it is important are also discussed.
12. What is Community Psychology? - Definition & Types
Community psychologists analyze the mental health of communities as a whole. In this lesson, we will discuss the field of community psychology, examine some of the areas in which community psychologists work and look at the overall goals of community psychology.
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Other chapters within the Social Psychology: Help and Review course
- Research Methods and Ethics: Help and Review
- Social Cognition & Perception: Help and Review
- The Self in a Social Context: Help and Review
- Attitudes and Persuasion: Help and Review
- Group Decisions: Help and Review
- Attraction & Close Relationships: Help and Review
- Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination: Help and Review
- Applied Social Psychology: Help and Review