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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What are stereotypes?
- Why are some people attracted to each other?
- What is the relationship between obedience and authority?
- What is the relationship between group behavior and aggression?
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.
12. Social Institutions: Definition & Examples
Explore the inner workings of how societies establish subsystems that facilitate their survival. Learn about how each of these institutions contributes to the overall functioning of a society.
Social Institutions Flashcards
Are you learning about social institutions and their many variations? This set of flashcards provides an introductory review of the five primary types of social institutions.
14. Internalizing Behaviors: Definition & Examples
Internalizing behaviors are negative, problematic behaviors that are directed toward the self. Learn about internalizing behaviors, their effects, how they differ from externalizing behaviors, and more.
15. What Is Subculture? - Theories, Definition & Examples
Subcultures are those groups that have values and norms that are distinct from those held by the majority. Let's examine a few subcultural theories and test our knowledge with a quiz.
16. Basic Trust & Mistrust: Erik Erikson's Theory
This lesson will explore trust vs. mistrust, the first stage in Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. This stage begins at birth and lasts through one year, and is marked by a reliance on caregivers to meet basic needs.
17. Blue-Collar Crime: Definition, Statistics & Examples
Blue-collar crimes are crimes committed by people who are from a lower social class. Learn more about blue-collar crimes from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.
18. Door-in-the-Face Technique: Theory & Examples
Have you ever said no to a large demand, only to subsequently agree to a smaller demand? If so, you may have been victim of door-in-the-face technique. See some examples of door-in-the-face technique, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
19. External Attribution: Definition & Examples
External attribution refers to inferring that situational factors are the cause of an event or behavior. Learn more about external attribution from examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
20. Solomon Asch's Experiment: Overview
Psychologist Solomon Asch conducted an experiment showing the surprising influence of peer pressure and normative conformity on people's behavior. Learn more about Asch's study and what it means, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
21. What is Peer Pressure? - Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, you'll learn who your peers are and how they can pressure you into actions that you wouldn't normally do -- peer pressure. We'll cover types of peer pressure and who is most likely to experience it.
22. The Social Clock: Definition & Theory
Have you ever felt the pressure to reach a milestone, like graduating, buying a house, or getting married, by a certain time? You're not alone. Read more about the 'social clock' and how it works.
23. Social Referencing in Psychology: Definition & Examples
Social referencing occurs when infants read facial expressions and use the information to help make decisions. Learn more about social referencing from examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
24. Walker Evans: Biography & Photography
Walker Evans was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Through this lesson, you will learn about his background and explore how his photographs helped to shape American history and memory of the early-to-mid 20th century.
25. Normative Social Influence: Definition & Example
Normative social influence is a type of conformity and provides one explanation for why people go along with group actions. In this lesson, you will learn the definition of normative social influence, explore a famous example, and take a quiz.
26. What is the Difference between Bipolar 1 & 2?
This lesson discusses the mental illness known as bipolar disorder, which is characterized by episodes of mania and depression. This disorder can also be divided into two types: bipolar 1 and bipolar 2. We'll talk about the difference between them.
27. Political Subcultures: Definition & Examples
Within large political parties there are smaller groups that share some beliefs with the dominant group, but oppose other beliefs. Through this lesson, you will explore how some of these subcultures operate in American politics and gain insight into their ideologies.
28. Robert Zajonc & Social Facilitation
This lesson discusses the noted social psychologist Robert Zajonc, focusing on his theory of social facilitation, which examines why people perform tasks differently with an audience.
29. Subculture of Violence Theory
This lesson will discuss Ferracutti and Wolfgang's subculture of violence theory, including major criticisms of the theory. Then you can test your newfound knowledge with a quiz!
30. What are Community Helpers?
Did you know that garbage collectors, security guards, and teachers are all community helpers? Learn more about community helpers from this lesson, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
31. What is an Alternative Social Movement?
What is an alternative social movement? This lesson covers the definition of an alternative social movement and provides examples to help clarify concepts related to this term. A brief quiz follows the lesson.
32. The White Bear Problem: Ironic Process Theory
The white bear problem, or ironic process theory, explains a common thought process that people struggle with often. This lesson will describe the theory, the research that led to its development, and some suggested techniques for avoiding this particular thought process.
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