How Human Interactions Shape And Influence Mental Processes And Displayed Behaviors

1746 Words May 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Social Psychology is the study of how human interactions shape and influence mental processes and displayed behaviors. Much like behaviorism, social psychology relies upon empirical, observable evidence and scientific experiments to prove theories. In fact, nearly all social psychology theories are supported by experiments. Social psychology also ignores the biological perspective of psychology, disregarding influence of hormones and neurotransmitters. Unlike behaviorism, social psychology recognizes the influence of cognitive processes and the thought processes that cause people and groups to behave in specific ways. Personally, social psychology is one of the most interesting units. It’s easy adaptable to everyday life, and it even helped me further understand why I behave differently when I’m in different environments or with different people. Overall, I believe social psychology to be an essential psychology perspective, for human interactions are what separates us from other mammals. Understanding these interactions is the key to understanding humanity.

Social norms and roles are unspoken guidelines of actions and behaviors dictated by societal expectations. Humans follow these roles unintentionally, either out of fear of reprimand or embarrassment or out of desire for reward. These social norms exists at all levels of society. At West Albany, it is a norm for upperclassmen to eat in their cars. It is a norm for students to cheer at sport events and participate in…

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