social psychology


Definition of social psychology

: the study of the manner in which the personality, attitudes, motivations, and behavior of the individual influence and are influenced by social groups

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Examples of social psychology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In social psychology, however, this ideological bent can have multiple dimensions. The Conversation, oregonlive, "How you say these words reveals your political party: The Conversation," 21 Oct. 2019 This is not a question of empathy, religion, or social do-goodery, but one of competent story-telling, which requires a foundation firmer and sturdier than mere tenderheartedness and social psychology are able to provide. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Make Satan Great Again," 9 Oct. 2019 Yet her transformational ideal is as much a matter of shifts in artistic and social psychology as of cinematic form. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Shirley Clarke Saw the Future of Cinema," 2 Oct. 2019 According to a press release, Eells taught both graduate and undergraduate students in courses on counseling, social psychology and developmental psychology. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Head of University of Pennsylvania mental health services dies by suicide," 11 Sep. 2019 Schrimshaw, who has a degree in social psychology, has focused for the past two decades on researching HIV prevention and disparities in health care for the LGBTQ community. Naseem S. Miller,, "UCF establishes population health department with focus on HIV, LGBTQ health," 4 Sep. 2019 Yet perhaps social psychology’s most important insight on intergroup conflict came from a summer camp. K.n.c., The Economist, "Societies are tearing apart, but they can be brought together," 14 Aug. 2019 But the underlying social psychology, which comes into sharp focus when a white police officer (Stan Mayer) menacingly asserts his authority, is cogent to the point of harrowing. Los Angeles Times, "A new vibrant era in African American playwriting seen in Geraldine Inoa and Dionna M. Daniel’s latest," 28 July 2019 It was built on the same social psychology used by Facebook and Snapchat. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Coach That Meets You in Your Inbox," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of social psychology

1880, in the meaning defined above

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21 Nov 2019

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“Social psychology.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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Medical Definition of social psychology

: the study of the manner in which the personality, attitudes, motivations, and behavior of the individual influence and are influenced by social groups

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