Social Psychology

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  • A specialty of psychology that is concerned with the way an individual's perceptions and behaviors are influenced by his or her social environment. Social psychology encompasses a wide range of research areas, for example, people's self, attitudes and attitude changes, attributions, and attraction. Furthermore, social psychologists study how people behave in groups, for example, interpersonal perceptions, group behaviors and processes, and conformity and obedience. Finally, another area of interest for social psychologists is people's perception of others, including schemas, biases, stereotypes, and attitudes toward others.

    With regard to person perception, there are several influential factors. For example, physically attractive people have been found to be associated with positive and desirable characteristics, potentially due to an overrepresentation of physically attractive people in the media. Furthermore, existing cognitive ...

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