“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.</p>
A brief review of how social psychology relates to other, similar fields.
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?
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"?
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).
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.
Thinking...about how to look good.
What attitudes are all about.
What do I think about that? Just ask my behavior!
Thinking--or not--about persuasive messages.
How can you construct a persuasive message that will work?
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.
Again with the not thinking! This time, it contributes to you doing what you're asked.
Thanks!! And, yes, I'll do whatever you like!
It's not exactly just "survival of the fittest."
Not everybody mates for life.
What you want depends on...how long you'll want it.
Wouldn't it be nice to feel secure?
But...Not everyone feels secure.
Where do emotional experiences come from? You, maybe?
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.