Social psychology is the scientific study of
how people think about, influence, and relate to one another.
Contemporary social psychology emphasizes the
power of the situation.
power of the person.
applicability of social psychological principles.
Evolutionary psychologists argue that the forces of natural selection predispose us
to particular actions and reactions when dating and mating.
Which of the following examples is a question a social psychologist would be most likely to study?
In deciding how people will vote in an election, are individuals more influenced by one persuasive medium than by another?
Personality psychologists are more interested in _______________, while social psychologists more likely focus on _____________________.
individual differences; our common humanity
Values can subtly influence science by guiding
scientists' assumptions and preconceptions.
the labels scientists use for their concepts.
scientists' thoughts about what ought to be.
Which of the following psychological terms reflects a disguised value judgment?
Two contradictory criticisms faced by social psychology are that its findings are obvious and that
its findings could be used to manipulate people.
When theories are discarded, it is usually because they
have been displaced by newer, better theories.
The great strength of correlational survey research is that is
studies factors in real-world settings that cannot be manipulated in the laboratory.
Which research method have social psychologists used in about three-fourths of their studies?
An experimenter exposes participants to different temperature levels to determine its effect on aggression. Temperature is the
In a psychological experiment, the factor being measured is called the __________ variable.
Manipulating one or two factors while holding others constant is the essence of
When the laboratory experiment is superficially similar to everyday situations, the experiment is said to be high in
When the laboratory experiment deeply absorbs and involves participants, the experiment has
In comparison to the sociologist, the social psychologist
is more likely to study individuals than groups.
To determine whether changing one variable (like education) will produce changes in another (like income), we need to conduct __________________ research.