Psychology 154: Social Psychology
Time: Section 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:15, DMH 356, Section 4: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:45, DMH 356
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Welcome to Social Psychology. In this course, we will examine theories, problems and issues in the study of human social behavior from a social psychological perspective. Typical definitions of social psychology are variants on the idea that our behaviors (thoughts, feelings, and actions) are influenced by the presence (real, imagined, or implied) of other people. Social psychology offers a unique perspective on love & lust, hate & heroism, who you are, and many other topics.
We often feel like we know why we do the things we do; we can readily generate a story of our lives. However, the social psychological perspective suggests that perhaps we overestimate how much we know about ourselves, and how much “free-will” or personality guide our behavior. Instead, in this course we seriously consider the idea that features of the situation and the influence of those around us, even when we don’t recognize them, can strongly direct our behavior. When examined closely, as will be done in this course, this can be an unsettling perspective, but one with valuable insights.