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Social Psychology Theories- Chapter Summary
Use the material in this chapter to help yourself better understand the concepts behind social psychology theories. This chapter will help you:
- Learn general information about social psychology
- Recall the differences between stereotypes and attitudes
- Explain terms such as attraction, attribution, persuasion and conformity
- Distinguish the difference between obedience and authority
- Discuss what group behavior is and how it relates to social psychology
- Review the concepts surrounding aggression
- Describe what altruism is and what motivates it
This comprehensive, yet easy to follow, study guide will make studying social psychology theories interesting and fun. The engaging video lessons are generally no longer than 5 minutes apiece. They are paired with transcripts that are complete with terms in bold for emphasis. Our master instructors walk you through the lessons and have designed quizzes and tests to help you gauge your learning.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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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