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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Psy 331 - Social Psychology

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PSY 331 Lecture 1 Outline of Current Lecture II Social Psychology A Definition III Broad Field of Social Psychology IV Social psychology in the world V Science of Psychology VI Population vs sample VII Sampling issues Current Lecture What is Psychology Scientific Study o Of individuals o Of how thoughts feelings behavior o Are influenced by actual imagined or implied presence of others Example differences b w being alone in a big room or being front of full room of people Class definition o Doesn t capture everything Alternative definition o Study of human experience Very broad Yet another definition o Study of how people function as individual in a social world o And why they do it the way they do A broad field Mental representation of attitude Intimate relationships Complex group behavior Example jury duty making single decision group outcome becomes big These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Social Psychology in the world opposite attract Examples o More vs less outgoing o Personalities o Likeness Birds of a feather flock together Examples o Group in a high school o Affiliate w someone having something in common Dilema o 2 statements countradict each other o Both seem reasonable How do we know which is right o Can be either way o More possibilities o Scientific psychology comes in Not just common sense o Many explanations make sense Not necessary correct What research says not what makes sense In the discipline o Personal experience common sense etc o Many help generate ideas The science of Psychology Psych science Ideas are empirically tested Different than philosophy humanities Population vs sample Population entire group of all relevant individuals Sample smaller group selected from population Logic population usually impractical o Samples are much easier o Test sample o Generalized result to population Sampling Issues PSY 101 students o

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