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 Dicky Pelupessy, who teaches social psychology at the University of Indonesia, said his relative tested positive in a rapid test at his company, but didn’t want to go to the hospital. Miho Inada, WSJ, "Coronavirus Stigma Lingers Long After Disease Fades," 27 Dec. 2020 Her adviser and co-author on the study, Joar Vittersø, a professor of social psychology at the University of Tromsø, would sometimes commute to the university on cross-country skis. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Fight winter blues by changing your mindset," 17 Nov. 2020 Malignant social psychology hastens the vanishing point. Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020 Kitwood argued that care settings shaped by malignant social psychology can actually accelerate neurological decline. Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020 Sonia Livingstone, a professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics, suggests that parents look out for three C's when monitoring their children's online activities: content, connections and context. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, August 3," 3 Aug. 2020 Jennifer Eberhardt, a professor of social psychology at Stanford University, is also an academic partner of the San Francisco Police Department consulting on implicit biases and their real life implications for Black and brown communities. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "San Francisco Police Department will stop releasing most mug shots to combat racial bias," 2 July 2020 Canonical research in social psychology showed that fear and anxiety lead people to affiliate with those around them. Time, "How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Opening the Door to Universal Social Policies in the U.S.," 17 June 2020 My research highlights that the social psychology of criminalization – the inability to separate concepts of criminality from a person’s identity or role in society – is important here. Rashawn Ray, The Conversation, "The killing of Ahmaud Arbery highlights the danger of jogging while black," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of social psychology

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social psychology was in 1880

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6 Jan 2021

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“Social psychology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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