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Chapter 9: Social Psychology and Physical Education

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Social Psychology and Physical Education
Social psychology and physical education

Social psychology is basically concerned with how individuals think about, influence, and relate to one another (Myers, 1987). Specifically, emphasis is placed on trying to understand the underlying processes associated with the impact that the social situation has upon individual behavior. While sociologists study the structure of groups, social psychologists study not only how the individual can be influenced by another individual or by the group, but also how the individual can influence the group as well. The key difference between social psychology and sociology is that a social psychologist places the emphasis on the individual. Obviously, social psychology is a very broad field. Social psychology research agendas range from attitudes, to group dynamics, to moral ...

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