Social Psychology

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Anderson, I. 2017. Social Psychology. in: Turner, Bryan S. (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.. pp. 1-9
AuthorsAnderson, I.
EditorsTurner, Bryan S.
Abstract

Social psychology has been defined by Allport as the scientific study of how “the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others.” Social psychological topics permeate all aspects of social life. The main focus of this discipline has been scientific and positivistic – studying what is, for the most part, observable and measurable, with an emphasis on empiricism. This entry examines the sociohistorical events in American and British social psychologies, which helped to create the discipline's scientific basis. It also considers some well‐known experiments in the history of social psychology, the “crisis” years, and concludes with the current status of social psychology as a discipline where social cognition and social neuroscience, evolutionary social psychology, collectivist/cultural, and discursive theories are popular explanations for social behavior.

Book titleThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory
Page range1-9
Year2017
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Publication dates
Online04 Dec 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Nov 2018
ISBN9781118430866
9781118430873
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1002/9781118430873.est0812
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118430873.est0812
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© 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Reproduced with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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