Social Psychology Definition Paper

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Social Psychology Definition Paper
Week 1
November 10, 2009

Social Psychology is “the scientific study of the effects of social and cognitive processes on the way individuals perceive, influence, and relate to others (Myers, 2008, p.3).” Bandura’s social learning theory suggests that parents have an influence on his or her child’s behavior. In most cases, children seem to mirror his or her parents’ behavior in which does always require reinforcement. As such the author negative learning occurred because of watching some one else perform some action and experienced reinforcement or punishment called observational learning, or modeling involved in a wide range of behaviors. Social Psychology differs from other related
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The author learned job skills by observing or shown to her by supervisor, teamwork and friends. However, learning from modeling is not entirely an automatic process but the cognitive theory that Bandura pointed out what an observer learns from watching another person. In addition, the author copied and behaved in the similar way as her parents depending on things she paid attention to, and what she was able to remember. Since attention abilities, memory, and physical change with age, and what the author learned from given modeled event was quite different from what she learned from identical event. However, positive influences from the author’s parents or peers created positive behaviors from childhood through adolescence development (Bandura, 1998). The role of research in social psychology is science-based to investigate underlying social and cognitive processes in human behavior. The book, Social Psychology (pg.12) references that social psychologists research many types of social issues, such as relationships, family, and divorce; altruism or aggression; attitude changes; the effectiveness of advertising; intergroup conflict or its resolution; and more that spur pure scientific curiosity. In conclusion, people learn through observing others’ behavior, attitudes, and outcomes of those behaviors. Most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling from observing

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