What is Social Psychology?


What is Social Psychology?

  • Social Psychology examines the effects of our environment and other people on our behaviour.
  • Social Psychologists examine the interaction between individuals (Agency Theory), the effects of belonging to a group (Social Identity Theory) , the effects of the social situation on group behaviour (Realistic Conflict Theory) and the impact of social roles on individuals and groups (Hofling's Study).
  • According to Social Psychology, our behaviour is caused by other people and situations that we find ourselves in.
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What do I need to know about Social Psychology?

  • Must show understanding that social psychology is about aspects of human behaviour that involve the individual's relationship to other people, groups and society, including cultural influences on behaviour.
  • Must consider Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology when explaining obedience, prejudice, personality and cultural influences on social behaviour.
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