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foot in the door phenomenon

the tendency for people who have first agreed to a small request to comply later with a larger request.


Relative perception of intelligence levels among a child’s parents

children across the world think that their dads are smarter than their moms


group characteristics and memorability

eople tend to remember facial and individuals that are more like them

related to other race effect


recall of faces and race

you are more likely to recall faces of your own race than faces of other races (other-race effect)


social facilitation and tasks

you will have stronger responses on tasks when in the presence of others.


mere exposure effect

the phenomenon that repeated exposure to novel stimuli increases liking of them.


tv violence

Prolonged exposure to TV violence leads viewers to experience:

less sympathy for victims of violence and to become less upset by the sight of real life violenc



Graduated and Reciprocated Initiatives in Tension-Reduction—a strategy designed to decrease international tensions



an understood rule for accepted and expected behavior. They prescribe "proper" behavior.



Aggression- physical or verbal behavior intended to hurt someone.



the loss of self-awareness and self-restraint o

occurring in group situations that foster arousal and anonymity


milgram obedience studies

Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University, conducted an experiment focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience.

Milgram (1963) wanted to investigate whether Germans were particularly obedient to authority figures as this was a common explanation for the Nazi killings in World War II.

The procedure was that the participant was paired with another person and they drew lots to find out who would be the ‘learner’ and who would be the ‘teacher’. ) was taken into a room and had electrodes attached to his arms, and the teacher and researcher went into a room next door that contained an electric shock generator and a row of switches marked from 15 volts


superordinate goals

shared goals that overrode their differences and that could be achieved only through cooperation


other race effect

the tendency to recall faces of one's own race more accurately than faces of other races. Also called the cross-race effect and the own-race bias.


group polarization

occurs when people within a group discuss an idea that most of them either favor or oppose.



Bystander Effect- The tendency for bystanders to give less aid when other bystanders are present.

Kitty Genovese

“For more than half an hour 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens. . . . Not one person telephoned the police during the assault; one witness called after the woman was dead.”


relationship between feelings and attitudes

attitude-feelings, often influenced by our beliefs, that predispose us to respond in a particular way to objects, people, and events.

feelings- and emotional state


fundamental attribution

we are likely to make dispositional attributions when judging others

ex: we may blame the poor and unemployed for their misfortune


self disclosure

revealing intimate aspects of oneself to others.


social facilitation

stronger responses on simple or well-learned tasks in the presence of others.

group projects at school/ presentations- students want to impress classmates



the mode of thinking that occurs when the desire for harmony in a decision-making group overrides a realistic appraisal of alternatives.


environment and cultural diversity

Culture provides the shared and transmitted customs and beliefs that enable us to communicate, to exchange money for things, to play, to eat, and to drive with agreed-upon rules and without crashing into one another. This shared capacity for culture enables our striking group differences. Human nature manifests human diversity.

If we all lived in homogeneous ethnic groups in separate regions of the world, as some people still do, cultural diversity would be less relevant


social responsibility norm

an expectation that people will help those dependent upon them.

we should help those who need our help—young children and others who cannot give as much as they receive—even if the costs outweigh the benefits


social trap

a situation in which the conflicting parties, by each rationally pursuing their self-interest, become caught in mutually destructive behavior.



solomon asch experiments

performed famous studies on the nature of conformity, finding that, under certain conditions, people will conform to a groups judgement, even when its clearly incorrect

Asch found that 35% of real participants chose to give a wrong, yet conforming choice, even though they knew the answer was wrong


video games and aggression

studies has shown that violent video games can later lead to aggressive behavior.  

playing violent video games can be a release of aggression for some


modeling - apply

a form of learning where individuals ascertain how to act or perform by observing another individual

example- when you don’t know anyone at a party, but after observing people you start acting like them. (when in Rome)

aggression → Parents can model aggression by yelling and beating→ learned aggression

TV and movies are ridiculously aggressive and violent. → Enacting violence in video games or viewing it in the media can desensitize people to cruelty and prime them to behave aggressively when provoked, or to view sexual aggression as more acceptable.


social exchange theory

the theory that our social behavior is an exchange process, the aim of which is to maximize benefits and minimize costs.


central route persuasion

attitude change path in which interested people focus on the arguments and respond with favorable thoughts.

occurs mostly when people are naturally analytical or involved in the issue


cognitive dissonance

the theory that we act to reduce the discomfort (dissonance) we feel when two of our thoughts (cognitions) are inconsistent. For example, when our awareness of our attitudes and of our actions clash, we can reduce the resulting dissonance by changing our attitudes

when we become aware that our attitudes and actions don’t coincide, we experience tension,or cognitive dissonance. To relieve this tension, according to the cognitive dissonance theory proposed by Leon Festinger, we often bring our attitudes into line with our actions.


intrinsically rewarding

you motivation comes from conscious satisfaction.

For example, it is the knowledge that you did something right, or you helped someone and made their day better