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Social Psychology

Ever notice how people behave differently in groups? Learn how social psychology studies the way people think, behave, and feel in social environments.
Friends can provide social support.
How Social Support Contributes to Psychological Health
Athlete self-handicapping
Self-Handicapping and Protecting the Ego at a Cost
young women all on cell phones
The Bandwagon Effect as a Cognitive Bias
Woman getting ready for a run.
10 Motivation Myths That Keep You From Reaching Goals
Joyous woman in front of wall
Types of Nonverbal Communication
Young woman being kind
What Is Altruism?
two smiling women enjoying breakfast at kitchen table
5 Important Concepts in Social Psychology
Two people talking over coffee
Social Exchange Theory in Psychology
collectivistic culture traits
Understanding Collectivist Cultures
Individualistic culture prizes independence
Individualistic Cultures and Behavior
Girls comparing height
Social Comparison Theory in Psychology
group of kids linking arms in a circle
How the Need to Belong Influences Human Behavior
graphic of hands shaking
What Is Reciprocity?
Young couple, outdoors, standing face to face, pensive expressions
How to Recognize the Signs That Someone Is Lying
blurry crowd of people
Social Psychology Experiments and Studies
People displaying the actor-observer bias
Actor-Observer Bias in Social Psychology
Smiling businesswoman in a meeting
Psychological Methods of Persuasion
Person perception involves how we form impressions of others.
Person Perception and Impressions of Others
man and woman hugging in a warehouse with a group of red balloons shaped like a heart
5 Ways That Theories of Psychology Explain Love
Making a decision based upon representativeness
How the Representativeness Heuristic Affects Decisions and Bias
children in school
Attitudes and Behavior in Psychology
Crowd of people walking down a city sidewalk
The 9 Major Research Areas in Social Psychology
Perspectives in social psychology
Explore the Major Perspectives in Social Psychology
Social psychology research methods
Social Psychology Research Methods
children at school
The 3 Factors of Reciprocal Determinism
Social Cognition
Social Cognition in Psychology
Mother with her sons watching tablet in bed
Secure Attachment and Other Attachment Styles
Photo of a man and woman talking in front of a computer
Attribution and Social Psychology
Social Psychology Facts
10 Quick Facts About Social Psychology
Businesswoman explaining to coworkers at meeting
10 Tips to Improve Your Nonverbal Communication
Girl friends hanging out together
The Psychology of Compliance
A figure of lady justice holding up scales
The Just-World Phenomenon Overview and Examples
Skyscrapers, billboards, and crowds with busy traffic and yellow cabs in Times Square
How Psychologists Define Persuasion
What is empathy?
What Is Empathy?
two women and one men sitting at a table together not talking
How Social Loafing Is Studied in Psychology
Putting their heads together Cropped shot of a group of business colleagues meeting in the boardroom
What Is Groupthink?
Father lecturing son
The Concept of Obedience in Psychology
Illustration of fingers pointing at a man with his hands over his face
Why Do People Blame the Victim?
Rubin's Scales of liking and loving
Rubin's the Scales of Liking and Loving
Woman with mental illness
What Is Stigma?
The Rule of Commitment
Rule of Commitment and Social Norms
Teaching heroism
Philip Zombardo's Heroic Imagination Project
Woman blowing hearts to a man
4 Common Questions About the Science of Love
couple holding hands
What Affectional Bonds Mean in Attachment Theory
Small group solving a problem
Effects of Group Size on Problem-Solving
windy day with dad
Bowlby & Ainsworth: What Is Attachment Theory?
shot of 3 pairs of men's legs and shiny black shoes
How Does Conformity Influence Behavior?
Little boy wearing boxing gloves hitting punching bag
Bandura's Bobo Doll Experiment on Social Learning
Loving Young Couple Romancing At Home
Compassionate and Passionate Styles of Love
A couple in love holding hands
What Is Love?
young woman walking in the middle of a busy sidewalk
How Diffusion of Responsibility Affects Group Behavior
Man checking his cell phone among rushing crowd
What Is the Bystander Effect?
Rhesus monkey clings to surrogate mother.
Controversial Psychology Experiments
physical attractiveness stereotype halo effect
Why the Halo Effect Affects How We Perceive Others
compassion
Can People Learn to Be More Compassionate?
Heroes
The Psychology Behind Heroism
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How to Overcome the Bystander Effect
Encouraging therapist talks with young woman
An Overview of Social Psychology