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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The famous social psychology exercise involved breaking groups of students into guards and inmates in a mock prison scenario and claimed to show that each group adapted to its role in dramatic ways. Mitch Stacy,, "Psychology museum explores what makes us human," 10 July 2018 The social psychology that informs education policy could be entirely irreproducible. Peter Wood And, WSJ, "How Bad Is the Government’s Science?," 16 Apr. 2018 After decades of notoriety for demonstrating one of social psychology’s fundamental tenets — how morally pliable most people are — Philip Zimbardo is understandably tired of being associated with the darker sides of human behavior. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "From ‘Dr. Evil’ to hero maker: Philip Zimbardo," 20 Apr. 2018 Daisy Grewal holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in social psychology from Yale University. Daisy Grewal, Scientific American, "Who Speaks Up in the Face of Uncivil Behavior?," 8 May 2018 After earning her doctorate degree in social psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada, Whillans was offered a coveted assistant professorship at Harvard Business School. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "How to fight 'time famine' and boost your happiness," 28 Feb. 2018 In regard to the Brown ruling itself, the NAACP lawyers asked Kenneth to pen a statement that described the social psychology research that supported school integration, which included the Clarks’ research and the Doll Test. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "How a Psychologist’s Work on Race Identity Helped Overturn School Segregation in 1950s America," 27 Oct. 2017 Gelman, who studied math and physics at M.I.T. before turning to statistics, does not believe that social psychology is any more guilty of P-hacking than, say, biology or economics. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy," 18 Oct. 2017 Decades of research in social psychology show that entitativity has real consequences. Amarnath Amarasingam, Washington Post, "With the destruction of the caliphate, the Islamic State has lost far more than territory," 31 Oct. 2017

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social psychology was in 1880

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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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