How important are first impressions? Do you ever make judgments about others? Do you feel that others judge you? In this session, we will focus on our impressions of others and ourselves and examine the extent to which our environment and culture can influence us. We will also discuss autism.
Keywords: social psychology, autism, false consensus, cognitive dissonance, first impressions, halo effect, self-serving attributional bias, cultural psychology, stereotypes
First impressions last longer than footprints in the sand. (Image by Tomorrow Never Knows on Flickr. License: CC-BY.)
Read the following before you watch the lecture video.
- Finish the chapter you started for the previous session:
- [K&R] Chapter 13, “Social Psychology: Meeting of the Minds”
- [Stangor] Chapter 14 “Psychology in Our Social Lives”
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- Self-serving Attributional Bias
- False Consensus and the Influence of Social Norms on Behavior
- Cognitive Dissonance
- First Impressions: How Powerful, How Accurate?
- Cultural Psychology
Discussion: Social Psychology
Social psychology is a broad field that asks questions such as: How do we perceive others? How do we think about others? How do others think about us? How is our behavior influenced by others, both individually and in groups?… Read more »
These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.
|Supplemental textbook||Principles of Social Psychology (PDF - 6.5MB)||Creative Commons-licensed online textbook|
|Textbook supplement||Study materials for Chapter 16, “Social Psychology: Meeting of the Minds” in Study Site for Psychology in Context, 3/e (Pearson Education, 2007)||Practice test questions, flashcards, and media for a related textbook by Kosslyn & Rosenberg|