Questions tagged [social-psychology]

For questions about the empirical and theoretical study of how perception, feelings, behavior, and cognition are affected by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. Questions are addressed both from the individual perspective (American school) and group perspective (European school).

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gender related activism scale

I'm looking for a self-report measure that assesses involvement and interest in activism that centers around gender equity, including (but not limited to) topics like gender equality, segregation and ...
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Asking for reference of specific meaning of "group polarization"

I am a finance student. Today I read a paper of Cinelli,2021 and face the phrase "group polarization theory" From this link, I found an idea that Those who don’t initially agree with that ...
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Is there any similar concept of "evolutionary predominance" in psychology?

"Evolutionary predominance" is that people who adopted a trading strategy are more successful, causing this strategy to become more prominent and causing others to also follow that strategy. ...
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What does "psychology of salience" mean?

Han et. al., (2021) documented that Motivated by the psychology of salience, we also make a second key psychological assumption that receivers attend more to extreme outcomes I am wondering what ...
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What is the name of phenomenon that people state their initial opinion more firmly after discussion in group polarization? [closed]

In reading "group polarization", " that a person tends to shift to a more extreme opinion when in a group setting than what his/her original opinion might have been" So, in the ...
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What is the relation between "homophily indices" and "group polarization" level?

Homophily is the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others (Murase,2019). I expect that there is a measure of homophily level, called homophily indices. Group Polarization is ...
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Why the definition of homophily in two papers are almost contrast?

Homophily is the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others. Murase, 2019 says that Social tie formation includes focal closure and cyclic closure. The difference between these ...
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What is the link between descriptive norm & informational social influence? When the descriptive norm doesn't appear to be "correct"?

I'm a first-year psychology student and this week I'm learning (from a crappy lecturer) about social norms, specifically injunctive vs descriptive norms, and normative vs informational social ...
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What is the name of the cognitive bias about groups of people with the same beliefs about others?

Last year I read an interesting magazine article about some papers on a cognitive bias about group beliefs. The papers highlight the fact that we tend to judge in a stronger way the same behavior if ...
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What tactics scammers and fraudsters use to convince people to give away money for them so easy? [closed]

I was wondering if scammers are graduated in Marketing or psychology because they have strategies to make the emotional side of people override their common sense making tem fall for frauds. In my ...
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Hyperperception model psychology?

Is hyperperception model related to Psychology or communication studies? I have read articles like (Carpenter & Spottswood, 2021) but still wonder which Psychology is it related to or is it just a ...
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Chronic ostracism/social rejection epidemiology

I recently came across a paper (Wesselmann, et al. 2015) about chronic ostracism. It seems a relatively new area of research and I'm sure it has its flaws as a model. Anyway, I had no luck finding an ...
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Is parasocial love a romantic relationship?

Is parasocial love is a form of romantic relationship? I have read about some articles about parasocial love and have come across the term "parasocial romantic relationships" is this the ...
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A good book on the fundamentals of psychology [duplicate]

I'm studying in a field that relates a lot to Psychology but I don't know anything about psychology. So, I face some challenges. I would like to read a book written in simple phrases explaining the ...
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Do people prefer to see an image similar to themselves in advertisements or rather an ideal model?

Introduction: Imagine an advert depicting the usage of the product being advertised by a customer - for example, an advert of an automobile brand, showing a person driving the car. Let's assume the ...
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What makes it funny when someone is making an absurd lie?

As stated, why is it sometimes funny when someone is making an obvious lie, but they really want you to believe it? They are not saying it in a humors purpose, however, a lot of people find it very ...
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Learn Cognitive Empathy

I recently stumbled upon some psychology sites and learned more about the 3 types of empathy. Since I want to understand everyone better, I want to improve my skills at empathy. I found a lot of ...
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Psychometric scales of gender

I have never read any study that has used a psychometric scale to find out the respondent's gender identity, sexual orientation or both. This makes me wonder if there are such scales or not, or if ...
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What is 4 circular question technique or questions of it to keep conversation going from psychology or psychiatry research papers?

Once i found some profesional questions, that i tried just for talking with friends. I found them in research paper when looking, googling maybe for ADHD but i think i was googling PTSD coping ...
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Is there any evidence for a link between religiosity and belief in conspiracy theories?

I've heard claims made that more religious individuals were more likely to fall for various conspiracy theories. I've personally been able to find studies linking religiosity to belief in qanon ...
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What is the psychology of abusing the victim during burglary and robbery?

I've studied a physiological phenomenon where, during a burglary or robbery, the one who robs constantly abuses the victim, either verbally or physically, even though that wouldn't lead to any gain. ...
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Name for the effect where people cause others to fulfill their expectations

I recall hearing a social cognition lecture a number of years ago in which the lecturer described a particular idea that centered around the role of self-fulfilling prophecies in relationships. For ...
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Psychologist with different language and culture

Is it better to find a psychologist who is from the same culture, same language, same country .., so he/she will easily understand the problems we'll be speaking about ? I'm Algerian, living in France,...
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What are the true signs of haters?

What are the real signs of haters? The reason I asked this question is that I encountered people who treated me badly with criticism now and then. I suspected that they hated me, but I cannot find any ...
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What makes us feel that one person is more beautiful than the other? [duplicate]

What makes us feel that one person is more beautiful than the other? What makes some facial features attractive but some unattractive? Why a sharp nose, smallmouth, blue eyes, bright complexion, ...
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Does the cohesion of groups stem from the need to be observed?

Morpheus is a fictional AI prototype appearing in the videogame Deus Ex. Interestingly, during in-game conversations, Morpheus says: "The need to be observed and understood was once satisfied by ...
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Is the Stanford Prison Experiment considered valuable by modern psychologists?

The Stanford Prison Experiment (see also the Wikipedia article) is taught to many psychology students because of its infamy and the media coverage around it at the time of the experiment. There have ...
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Lunar cycles linked with mental health issues?

From what I can find... Anecdotally, my mother used to work in nursing homes for the elderly and found that around the full moon, patients slept less and were more agitated. Anecdotal evidence ...
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Can a person be persuaded to become gay?

Can a person become gay? Can a person be persuaded to become one? I heard that gayness is correlated with some genetic characteristics so, I figured, laws against "gay propaganda" (e.g. in ...
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Do humans identify groups using music like birds do?

Some species of birds recognise members of their family by the specific songs they sing. Similarly this may be true with other animals such as whales. I wonder, does this explain social phenomena such ...
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Is an "individual perspective" in social psychology uniquely American and a "group perspective" uniquely European?

In the "social psychology" tag, it states: "Questions are addressed both from the individual perspective (American school) and group perspective (European school)." Is it valid ...
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What is archetype by jung? [duplicate]

I am currently reading man and his symbols < So i just want to understand what is archetype with example
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The effect of putting up a social media post of a sad event on the person's mental conditions

I know I have included a lot of sub-questions. So any partial answer addressing only parts of the question is also appreciated. After seeing a recent post, I came to wonder the possible effects of ...
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What could measuring the N400 response to stimuli of inconsistent stereotypes tell us?

I'm working on a project proposal for a class on intergroup relations and thought this might be interesting to observe. Participants would be shown consistent stereotypical video clips (e.g. Asian's ...
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Best tests or questionnaires to measure person's ability to love

What are the best methods (questionnaires/tests/etc) to measure ability to love? So far I see those Light Triad Test (described in Scientific American) Big Five personality traits (OCEAN model) - ...
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Does empathy fail against complexity or is there a mechanism for suppressing imagination?

When somebody smiles, most people find it easy to understand that the person is happy, they don't even have to think about it. However, in the example of a beggar on the street, most people can ...
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Can we comprehensively know other humans purely from internet and book?

When we were kids, even a fellow kid from next neighborhood seemed to be mysterious and awe inspiring to us, especially if we had some hunch that he or she was rich. But as we grew up, we learnt so ...
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Why do we need to know why something is needed or relevant?

I have been doing some research for my thesis and one of the subjects I am researching is motivation. Something that I've generally noticed is that if we do not find something relevant or needed for ...
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How is psychohistory theory of deMause viewed in academia?

I've recently came across the psychohistory theory of deMause. To best of my understanding, it roughly tries to capture the common psychology of an era by analyzing the childbearing practices of that ...
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How to offer support to an American acquaintance with depression?

So, an online acquaintance of mine has mentioned that they're suffering from severe depression recently, and my natural response is to want to offer them support and encouragement - maybe suggest that ...
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Superego and Moral Standards

i am not well read in psychology, but when I dealt with Sigmund Freud and his Psychodynamic Theories, i couldnt answer a question by myself. Or maybe i dont understand it that much. My question is ...
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When delivering a bad news to someone, why shouldn't we show empathy at the beginning?

I've been preparing for a job as a customer service agent recently and there's a common topic called "delivering bad news". A bad news can be a delay in order or a delayed payment on the ...
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Is there any scientific evidence that lack of physical affection has adverse effects in human adults?

There is an often-cited quote by Virginia Satir, saying “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” This has been cited a lot, but I ...
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What is the term or theory to explain adopting behaviors when hurt by someone else

I have been trying to search for a term or theory to explain adopting behaviors when bad / hurtful things happen to a person. For example, if a person is abused and ends up being an abuser because it ...
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How does loneliness impair intelligence?

With the appearance of covid-19 and the measures that many governments have took to decrease the infection rates of their governing populations loneliness has become more common. I myself find it ...
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How does twitter allow certain people to perform mass manipulation?

Recently we have seen many billionaires doing mass manipulation with the use of twitter. Is there any line of research of the categories of manipulation these people are doing on twitter?
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Psychological explanation for the situations (in TV, movies, video games, etc.) in which a heated argument turns into a make out session

I have seen this kind of situation a lot on movies, video games, comics and other media. Basically Alice and Bob are having a very serious, heated and hostile argument, involving a lot of shouting and ...
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Do people have an innate preference to take matters into their own hands?

People usually want to make their own decisions. Those looking for spouses often listen to their inner romantic instincts and reject advice from more experienced people. Drivers are skeptical about ...
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Are we different or same?

I don't know if this is the right site to ask this, if not sorry for that I am new here...... I am wondering if two childs from different parents from different regions are kept in a completely empty ...
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What is the term used to describe a situation where person doesnt know that he/she actually knows something?

I was watching "Molly's Game" where a conversation between Molly and her psychologist dad appear in later life of Molly (Molly didnt have very good relationship with her dad and wanted to ...

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