Social Psychology:
An Introduction

James Neill

Centre for Applied Psychology

University of Canberra

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Learning Objective

Social Psychology - Related Areas

Social Psychology - Related Areas

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Defining Social Psychology

Allport's Classic Definition

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Domains in Social Psychology

Concentric Model: Self, Others, Environment

Is Social Psychology Important?

World Population Graph



Social Psychology studies...

  • Social Thinking or Social Influence, i.e., people’s attitudes and how these influence behaviour.
  • Social Influence, i.e., the influences of others, people’s behaviour in groups and individually.
  • Social Relations, e.g., stereotypes, prejudice, aggression, attraction and what makes relationships work. Includes individual-group relations and group-group relations.
  • Culture and its influences, including self-presentation and person perception. Culture is the human made part of the environment (Herskovits, 1955).

See also


Annenberg (1989). The Power of the Situation (Program 19). [27 min video] Annenberg: Santa Barbara, CA.

Herskovits (1955). *.

Myers, D. G. (2001). Social Psychology (Ch. 18). In D. G. Myers (2001). Psychology (6th ed.) (pp. 643-688). New York: Worth.

Population Reference Bureau (1994). World Population Growth Through History. *.

Westen, D., Burton, L., & Kowalski, R. (2006). Psychology. Australian and New Zealand Edition. Queensland: Wiley.

Wikipedia. Social psychology.