Social Psychology Wa1

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PSY 379
Module 1 WA

A.Explain how variables such as social interactions, cognitive processes, environmental variables, cultural context, and biological factors shape what social psychology is all about and how it is practiced.

Social interactions, cognitive processes, environmental variables, cultural context, and biological factors shape what social psychology is all about and how it is practiced in that social psychologists are mostly interested in an individual with emphasis on all the things that make an individual who they are and why they act and think the way that they do socially (Baron, Branscombe, & Bryne, 2008). With that being said social interactions play a major role in our everyday lives in that things that other people say or do have a profound impact on what we say or do as a reaction. Even if we don’t follow through with an action, the social interaction with other people at minimum sparks a thought that can later shape or become a part of who we are (Baron, 2008). Cognitive processes is considered to be one of the most important aspects of social psychology because as we interact with other people in social situations, we are continually trying to interpret, read, and understand the things that people say or do and what their understanding is of us in the same manner (Baron, 2008). Environmental variables absolutely is a factor that shapes social psychology in that it has been scientifically proven through research that the physical environment which may include weather, environmental smells and aesthetics all have influence on who and how we behave and are (Baron, 2008). Cultural context is yet another factor that shapes social psychology in that the majority of people that belong to some type of culture, will agree or be persuaded to accept and/or follow what is considered acceptable/normal in that culture (Baron, 2008). If a style from the 60’s comes back and widely accepted in the culture, than most people will start wearing...
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