Social Psychology -- A Video Textbook
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Social Psychology -- A Video Textbook

Taking--or preparing to take--a social psychology course? These videos are for you!
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Last updated 4/2013
Price: $190
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What Will I Learn?
  • Provides a broad overview of the field of social psychology
  • Identifies, describes, and explains the phenomena that social psychologists study
  • Explains the major concepts and theories that social psychologists use to explain social behavior
  • Illustrates social psychology's key phenomena, concepts, and theories using film clips and other popular media
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“Social Psychology" is a set of videos designed to help you develop a framework for understanding the concepts, phenomena, and theories of social psychology. They're the ideal study tool for AP Psychology courses, CLEP Psychology test preparation, and any college-level Social Psychology course.

Watch this course and learn basic Social Psychology concepts & theories.

Who is the target audience?
  • People taking (or preparing to take) a social psychology course
  • Anyone interested in learning more about how and why people behave as they do in social situations.
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Social Psychology in Perspective: What It Is and How It's Done
4 Lectures 56:01

 A brief review of how social psychology relates to other, similar fields.

Preview 10:27

What makes experimental studies so useful in the study of social psychology?   How do experimental studies allow researchers to draw conclusions about cause-and-effect relationships?


What do you do when you can't do an experiment?  What is it that correlational studies allow you to say about the relationship between two variables?  And what does that have to do with how people differ?

Correlational Studies

The difference you found between the two groups from your experiment could have happened by chance (as could the relationship you found between the two variables in your correlational study).  Really.  Always.  So,...How do you decide whether your findings might be "real"?

Statistical Significance
Thinking in Social Contexts. And Maybe Not Thinking So Much.
5 Lectures 51:53

Apparently, you can explain about why people do what they do...when you want to.


Sometimes you don't work very hard at it (explaining, that is).

Attributional Bias

No time to think?  Not enough information to figure things out?  Feeling lazy?  Use a mental shortcut to solve your problems.


Wanting to impress yourself messes with your head.

Wanting To Look Good (Part 1)

 Thinking...about how to look good.

Wanting To Look Good ( Part 2)
Doing What You Want (and Wanting What You Do)
4 Lectures 48:06

What attitudes are all about.

Attitudes: An Introduction

What do I think about that?  Just ask my behavior!

Cognitive Dissonance And Self Perception

Thinking--or not--about persuasive messages.

Central Versus Peripheral Processing

How can you construct a persuasive message that will work?

When Messages Are Persuasive
Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
6 Lectures 58:59

Would you do it just because everybody else was doing it?  Well, sometimes.


You know the rules!  And, sometimes, that's all it takes.


The effects of norms aren't always intuitively obvious.

Littering Studies

Again with the not thinking!  This time, it contributes to you doing what you're asked.

Compliance And Mindlessness

Thanks!!  And, yes, I'll do whatever you like!

Compliance And Reciprocity

Watch this.

Sometimes, It's In Your Genes
3 Lectures 31:05

It's not exactly just "survival of the fittest."

How Evolution Works

Not everybody mates for life. 


The Contexts Of Mating

What you want depends long you'll want it.

Short, Long, Man, Woman
3 Lectures 27:11

Wouldn't it be nice to feel secure?

Attachment Theory

But...Not everyone feels secure.

Attachment Styles

Where do emotional experiences come from?  You, maybe?

Two-Factor and Excitation-Transfer Theories
About the Instructor
Dr. Don J. Sharpsteen
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Psychology professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Sharpsteen has been a professor of psychology for nearly 30 years, specializing in topics related to social psychology and personality. He's the author of REA's CLEP Introductory Psychology, a test preparation guide for introductory/general psychology courses.