Social Psychology II

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Photo of footprints in the sand.

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.)

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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 »

Further Study

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Supplemental textbook This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.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


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