The Future Of Social Psychology: Understanding Future Reflection

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Future of Social Psychology Reflection This paper discusses how social psychology helps to understand future changes in society, new ideas of community, changes in workplace, and how mobile technologies changes society and its potential consequences.
Social Psychology: Understanding Future Changes Social psychology by definition is a scientific discipline that seeks to explore and understand social interactions of how individuals feel, think, relate, and influence each other (Schneider, Gruman, & Coutts, 2012) and with advances in technology, such as social media and its mobile devices, changes the how, why, and where of social interactions among individuals and between groups. Social psychology helps to understand future changes in society
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Community psychology is the practical application of theory that creates interventions, partnerships and develop resources, which embraces "membership, promotes shared emotional connections, builds bonds through shared experiences, empowers groups and individuals, creates a sense of belonging, and recognizes the interdependence of members" (Schneider, Gruman, & Coutts, 2012, p. 275). With the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for individuals, communities, and society by "creating a respect for diversity, encouraging citizen participation, collaboration among individuals and between groups, an establishing an atmosphere of social justice the center points of community strength" (Schneider, Gruman, & Coutts, 2012, p. 279). Additionally, Featherston and Burrows (1996), Jones (1997), Shields (1996) suggests that social and community psychology acknowledges the role of technology, such as social media and how it effects individuals and their communities as social media and its mobile technologies "transcends national and natural borders with new rules, symbols, and activities constitutes a new subculture of constructs, which create new personal and group identity" that will shape and structure the community of the future (as cited in Marsella, 1998, p. 1288). This course allows individuals to gain new understandings of …show more content…
From the beginning, social psychology theories, methods, principles, and research played a vital role in I/O psychology in such areas as "personality, individual differences, social identity theory, attitudes, motivation, group dynamics, teamwork, organizational change, attribution theory, cognitive dissonance, organizational behavior, organizational culture, decision-making, social perception, and leadership" (McDonald & Bubna-Litic, 2012, p. 855) and will continue to play a vital role in the future of I/O psychology. According, Bennett and Bierema (2010), Davison, Maraist, & Bing (2011), Davison, Marasit, Hamilton, & Bing (2012), Rupp, Gibbons, and Snyder (2008), and Wankel (2009) discuss the role social interactions play in the use of technological advancements, such as social media as it influences the workplace in the areas of recruitment strategies, training, education, and promoting organizational culture through simulations, virtual reality programs, avatars, and use mobile devices to conduct assessment testing by using such theories as social learning theory, social cognitive theories, group dynamics, social norm theory, self and group identity theories. For example, Wankel (2009) discusses how virtual reality programs like Second Life with "its own

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