Social Psychology In the study of psychology, people are examined and tested on to determine why they do the things that they do. Sarah is a 15-year-old sophomore in high school. She is a well-behaved girl with good grades and takes mostly honor’s classes. As the school year begins, Sarah makes new friends and is looking forward to spending time with them on their first night going out together. As always, Sarah is aware of her curfew and has never broken it before. As the night comes to an end, Sarah’s friends decide to take her to her first party. Knowing she should be home, obeying curfew, she still goes and has great time. She meets a guy from her school named Jack who is a junior and lives in the same neighborhood as her. They find that they have the same likes in music and share some hobbies. Jack finds Sarah to be beautiful and asks her on a date for the following week. While everyone is having a great time, they hear two guys arguing in front of the house. Most people run outside to see why the boys were yelling but the yelling then turned into a physical fight. After the fight many people decided to go home including Sarah and her friends. Why did Sarah’s attitude towards her curfew change? How did others influence her behaviors throughout the night? Why was Jack interested in Sarah and how did the fight between the boys affect others at the party? Psychology will always have the answers to why people react how they do in certain situations and why they think the way they think. A person’s behavior can be influenced by a number of things in their daily surroundings. Sarah displayed cognitive dissonance in several ways. The discomfort experience from holding two or more ideas that oppose one another hit Sarah twice. When her curfew came to an end she knew she needed to be home, obeying her curfew but she also wanted to go to that party. She was worried about getting caught but still went and had fun. Psychology would explain that Sarah conformed to her peers’ beliefs. Her friends were going to go to this party and she wanted her friends to keep inviting her out. Sarah conformed to her peers’ beliefs because she wanted to fit in. She didn’t want to be left out on their next going out night. This is when Sarah’s attitude towards her curfew changed. The need to conform was due social pressures and norms. Her friends kept telling her how much fun the party would be and how she’d be missing out if she didn’t go. Her desire for belonging contributed in her attitude towards her curfew. She’d rather fit in with her friends than to obey her curfew. Psychology may seem difficult to understand but it always seems to be right. The factors of attraction tell how one is attracted to others with the similar likes, physical attractiveness, and people who are component. One of the factors in attraction is Similarity. People tend to gravitate to those who are like themselves. Jack noticed that him and Sarah shared the same likes in music. They…
Social Psychology Paper
Kelli R. Sumpter
January 19, 2014
University of Phoenix
Social Psychology Paper
Social psychology is knowledge to have. This knowledge can explain why people behave the way they do in different settings such as social settings, work settings, and home settings. When using this knowledge to look into teenagers actions, it can explain actions in adolescences. Looking at Sarah’s actions,…
Social Psychology Paper Scenario
The first factor addressed in regards to Sara’s attitude towards her curfew is her age and her place in the development stages. She is an adolescent and female so there are biological factors at play beneath the surface. For example, Hormones, “hormones are chemicals that influence body growth, mood, eating, and sexual characteristics.” (Carter, K. & Seifert, C. 2013). When puberty occurs hormones are always a factor on mood and decision making for adolescents.…
written by Kenneth J. Gergen was interesting, but a little difficult to comprehend at first. It seems as though the question remains is that whether or not social psychology really is considered a science or just another way of analyzing and understanding human behavior and social interaction among people. It seems as though social psychology is constantly changing and that although the same methods are used often, the results vary each time over a span of several years or even decades. The way people…
You don’t deal with him because you have no knowledge about Psychology. What is psychology? How do people study psychology?” (Allen).
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior. It has major schools of thought which are structuralism, functionalism, psychodynamic, behaviorism, cognitive, and social cultural. In addition, there are primary biological foundations of psychology linked to behavior.
The first school of Psychology is Structuralism. Structuralism was formally set up by Wilhelm…
situation using social psychological concepts, then propose a solution (based on social psychological theory). To define your problem, you can draw on your personal life experiences, films, news events, etc. In the past, general paper topics have ranged from the environment, to racism on campus or in sports, to the media's portrayal of women. In developing ideas, keep a sharp eye on events in the world and your life as class progresses and generate a paper idea by noticing social psychology in your world…
PSYC 221 - Social Psychology
PSYC 221 Sections 0101 & 0201 – University of Maryland – Fall 2012
WHAT IS SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND WHAT DO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings and behavior are influenced by
the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other people (Allport, 1985). In other words, Social
Psychologists try to understand the mental processes that determine how we think about ourselves and
other people and how those other people…
is only external. Furthermore, a message of conformity is through hint where for compliance, it's by direct request.
There are eight factors that contribute to the occurrence of conformity. If something happens in conformity, others are part of social reality where one is excluded from the greatest effect in ambiguous situations and the response to perceived norms also guide interpretation of situations. Conformity requires for acceptance and affiliation and is done by response to unanimous agreements…
assigned. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older or because there is more females in the classroom or even if religion and morals are involved. With this being said, I chose social-comparison as my topic.
Social-comparison can be defined as reviewing one’s thoughts and actions by comparing oneself with others. (Social Psychology, Meyers, chapter 2) Others around us help shape the person we become. From our employment, family, classmates in school, to our church and city we live in, these are the…
Social Psychology is explained specifically in this reading through many examples. It describes the way an individual’s behavior is influenced by others and how their own personalities can influence other people. Sarah’s behavior is influenced by her parents and her friends. Both roles play a factor in the decisions that she makes while with her friends and her family. Sarah has many different schemas involving…
* Social Cognition
* Impression Formation
* Social schema**
* Fundamental Attribution**
* Defense Attribution**
* Just World Attribution
* Mistaken belief that bad things happen to bad people
* Why do we do this? –Helps us feel safer and better about ourselves, we always ask what they did wrong, bad things do still happen to good people
* Trying to change your…