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- Define social psychology.
- Examine the major perspectives of social psychology.
- Describe the 7 major themes of social psychology.
- Discuss the different forms of group membership.
- Understand the power of conformity.
- Become familiar with Albert Bandura's Bobo doll study.
- Take a look at Jane Elliot's group prejudice experiment.
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. Bernard Weiner: Attribution Theory & Overview
Attribution theory is concerned with how we interpret and understand events and how this can influence the way we think and behave. Learn more about the different dimensions of attribution theory and test your knowledge with a quiz.
9. Fearful-Avoidant Attachment: Definition & Treatment
Fearful-avoidant attachment is one of four types of adult attachment styles. Learn more about fearful-avoidant attachment in this lesson, including its characteristics and treatment options.
10. Power of Suggestion: Examples, Experiment & Definition
We've all heard of the 'power of suggestion,' but what does it mean? In this lesson, you'll learn how we use our imaginations to make realities out of the ideas that are presented to us, which in turn causes us to change our behavior.
11. Social Deprivation: Definition & Index
Social deprivation can be a broad and sometimes confusing term used in different fields. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define social deprivation and explore some of the ways that it's applied to analyze social systems.
12. American Subcultures: Definition & Examples
American culture is a broad category that includes a seemingly endless number of subcultures. Through this lesson, you will learn what defines a subculture and explore the role that subcultures play in the larger American culture.
13. Louis Wirth's Urbanism as a Way of Life
This lesson goes over the definition and characteristics of a city as described by the sociologist Louis Wirth. We'll go over what makes a city a city, according to Wirth.
14. Collective Consciousness: Definition, Theory & Examples
In this lesson, we'll review the concept of collective consciousness, developed by French sociologist Emile Durkheim. We'll talk about his ideas about how, exactly, members of societies share beliefs, values, and traditions to a large extent.
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