Critical Thinking Questions

In your own words, provide a thorough definition of social psychology. In your definition, be sure to give examples of how social psychology differs from other disciplines, and then describe major themes that help to define social psychology.
Discuss what social psychologists mean by "the power of the situation" and provide empirical examples (that is, research studies) of how the power of the situation can influence people’s behavior.
3. Distinguish between automatic and controlled processing, and explain how or why these two modes of processing are relevant to the study of social psychology.
4. From an evolutionary perspective, how are people "the same," and what processes have led us to be similar?
5. Explain one major cultural difference in self-definition that social psychologists have studied. Give several examples of how this difference is manifested in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

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