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belifes and feelings about people, objects or events that cause us to behave in certain ways

Attribution theory

theory that we tend to explain behavior in terms of internal personality traits or ecternal factors

Cognitive dissonance

emotional state that results when a person's attitude and behavior are not consistent


unfair treatment of individuals because they are members of certain group

Personal identity

sence one has of ones-self as different from others it includes thoughts and emotions particulary self-knowledge and evaluation


unfounded and generally negative attitude toward a group of people

Reference groups

those people or groups of people whose opinions we care about

Self-fullfilling groups

an expection that is met as a result of inself


cognitive structures that allow us to diferentiate ourselves from others

Social comparison

comparing of our selves to others to learn the typical values and behaviors of a ggroup and to determine how he differ from a group

Social identity

how one is known in the world. impressions one makes, what others think and attractieness and popularity

Social psychology

feild that studies how individuals influence eachother


set of disorted, generalized belifes about a group of people

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