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This past session we continued to study Social Psychology using the book by Michael Hogg & Graham Vaughan for our core reading. Social psychology shares a number of features with other fields within psychology and other disciplines such as anthropology. It is often described as having bridged the gap between psychology and sociology as it looks at human behaviour as influenced by other people and the social context in which this occurs.
The subject matter that we used in this session provided something for everyone. We looked at topics such as:
- Impression formation
- Social Identity theory
- Stereotyping, attribution theories
- Conspiracy theories
- Pro-social behaviour, bystander effect
- What makes us happy, World Happiness Report
- Memory, what makes us forget.
Our aim is to apply these discussions to real world issues and above all to be socially relevant. Occasionally we divide our sessions into short DVD showings followed by discussion. It is the aim of the group leader to encourage participation by recruiting members to occasionally lead the group. We look forward to another year using Michael Hogg & Graham Vaughan’s book on Social Psychology.