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Social Psychology



Social psychology works to understand how we as individuals our thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by the real or imagined social dynamics of others around us. Personal interactions, group dynamics, interpersonal attraction, persuasion, implicit bias, and even a sense of self are all better understood through a lens of social psychology. Learning how we interact with others and how others influence us help us make decisions that better reflect our true desires, boundaries, and authenticity.

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What Is Social Psychology? An Introduction

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Social Psychology For Dummies

Written for psychology students, Social Psychology For Dummies is an accessible and entertaining introduction to the field. Social Psychology For Dummies follows a typical university course, which makes it the perfect reference if you’re in need of a clear (and enjoyable) overview of the topic.

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Why We’re Sometimes Kind Without Reason

Our brains are constantly, subtly being primed in fascinating ways by our physical surroundings.

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FindCenterHow could so many intelligent people be so grievously wrong for such an extended period of time? How could they ignore so much overwhelming evidence that contradicted their most basic theories? These questions, too, deserve their own discipline: the sociology of error.

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#24 Susan Cain: Leading the Quiet Revolution

For decades, introversion was looked at as something to overcome, almost like an illness.

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Introduction to Social Psychology

Dr. Brenda Major, Distinguished Professor Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences University of California, Santa Barbara

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Drawing on his twenty-five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings.

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FindCenterOur society may praise being above the influence of others, but we cannot separate ourselves from our social instincts.

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The 9 Major Research Areas in Social Psychology

Here are just a few of the major areas of interest within social psychology.

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Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, And Want

Winner of the 2015 Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals instead? Why do we talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that...

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