Social Psychology – A Very Short Introduction By Richard J Crisp. VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS are for anyone wanting a stimulating and accessible way into a new subject. They are written by experts, and have been translated into more than 40 different languages. The series began in 1995, and now covers a wide variety of topics in every discipline. The VSI library now contains over 400 volumes—a Very Short Introduction to everything from Psychology and Philosophy of Science to American History and Relativity—and continues to grow in every subject area. Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others. In this definition, scientific refers to the empirical investigation using the scientific method. Social Psychology – A Very Short Introduction By Richard J Crisp The terms thoughts, feelings, and behaviors refer to psychological variables that can be measured in humans. The statement that others’ presence may be imagined or implied suggests that humans are malleable to social influences even when alone, such as when watching videos, sitting on the toilet, or quietly appreciating art. In such situations, people can be influenced to follow internalized cultural norms. Social psychologists typically explain human behavior as a result of the interaction of mental states and social situations. Social Psychology – A Very Short Introduction By Richard J Crisp.
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