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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“First page of google” phenomenon: What’s this called?

First, I’d like to preface by saying I’m not sure if this is the proper place to ask this question. This was the best place I could think of. If its not or if there is a better stack exchange site to ...
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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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Is Eratomanic delusion just a type of Grandiose delusion?

Our professor taught us about these two delusions and upon further thinking I feel that Eratomania may just be a sub-part of Grandiose disorder. If this is the case then why are these studied as ...
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What's the difference between how a person with NPD views social hierarchies versus a non-disordered person? [closed]

Out of the FOG (a website on personality disorders) claims that NPDers manipulate social hierarchies in an entirely self-serving way that non-NPDers don't (which comes with the admission, of course, ...
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Does lack of social-economic opportunities for self-realisation and personal growth explain homophobia (at least partly)?

There is strong correlation between acceptance of LGBT in countries and the economic prosperity of the respective countries. As far as I have checked the literature then the mainstream research trend ...
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The BOOM of social media, related with new features of self-promotion, rather than chats to engage with others?

I was involved in a group project were we were connecting people with a PenPal, by receiving their stories. Unfortunately, people were being driven away because of PenPal idea. We changed the project ...
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About runtime error

Whenever we manage to turn on the TPLOpen1 after calibrating the eye-tracker, it keeps broadcasting the following error message. "Runtime Error!" The following runtime error occurred: Client ...
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Has the labelling and overshadowing effect from the Hannah Experiment been replicated?

"The Hannah Experiment" (Darley & Gross 1983) is cited as an example of labels biasing evaluation. This is described in "Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter" which I've paraphrased ...
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Psychology of dogpiling [duplicate]

What is the Psychological explanation behind hoards of people turning on someone, unfairly and unreasonably simply because others have turned on that person? It's like that hate just keeps gaining ...
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How do I find the right psychologist for myself? [closed]

Many psychologists resist disclosing their opinions on school prior to making an appointment. I want to talk about my problems with being bullied in school, and I don't think that a therapist could ...
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Is there research to support the idea that social networking sites could be improved to “feel more” in order to avoid “online disinhibition effect”?

Is there research to support the idea that social networking sites could be improved to "feel more" in order to avoid "online disinhibition effect"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What is the difference between “nudge theory” and “priming”?

I'm doing a minor in psychology and during my lesson in both psychological approaches and social psychology, this question popped into my head. For as far as I know nudge theory is about altering the ...
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Why do people tend to put stigma on a victim and not on the perpetrator?

Introduction: My personal observation is that most people, regardless of culture context, tend to put stigma mainly on the victim of a violent act and not (that much) on the perpetrator. It is always ...
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Reliable sources for society trust score?

It seems like that the general public [1,2,3] and some academics [4,5] believe that China is an exemplar society of low-trust. Most of my friends share the same beliefs. However, one data source ...
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Why is it so hard to let go of our insecurities?

It is very common to think about how people think about you, how you look, how you sound, and how you can display your best towards others. But more often or not delving too much into these feeling ...
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Are measures for Isolation and Frustration of Need for Relatedness interchangeable?

I am looking to measure satisfaction/frustration of the psychological need for relatedness (self-determination theory) at work. Have seen the scales by Van den Broeck et al. (2010), Longo et al (2016),...
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Why are most psychological studies not controlling for IQ and personality scores of their respondents?

Consider for exemple the stereotype threat, of which a recent meta-analysis can be found here. People try to assess how can a stereotype might explain a difference between two groups. However, they ...
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What is the “personality of a relationship” called?

I'm struggling to find this missing word, that I imagine would be part of the psychological literature. Personality is to an individual what ____________ is to a 1:1 relationship. Any thoughts? I ...
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Can people fake mental illness to gain sympathy?

In the last decade, a lot of famous personalities and celebrities have opened up about suffering from mental disorders, largely depression. This has caused the younger generation to accept and seek ...
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Are University Graduated WEIRD people psychologically different to Generally Educated WEIRD people?

A recent question was asking around the subject of WEIRD psychology [WEIRD standing for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic — an acronym seemingly coined by Henrich, et al (2010)] ...
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Research on the psychopathology of rapists

Since not all sexual assaulters are psychopaths or sadists as the media often chalks them up to ,there is scope to at least mend the thinking of some of the rapists, or any which haven't yet given in ...
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Techniques to combat sexism at school level

I am from India, and if you take a glance at the daily news you will see a lot of gruesome gangrapes and murders. Nirbhaya, Kathua rape case and the Hathras gangrape There are other such incidents ...
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Name for the tendency of people to believe authority has more control than they do?

Given an authority figure that in reality is not in control of whatever domain they're supposed to be in control of, some people have the tendency to ignore the evidence that the authority figure is ...
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When talking about painful events in their lives, why do most people smile?

I watched this video recently, and a common reaction in almost all of the strangers was that they were smiling, while talking about the most painful things they were told in their lives. My question ...
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Could a serial killer continue undiscovered by friends, family, work colleagues? [closed]

Or would they invariably show signs that psychologically they weren't right? I'm watching The Fall, where a serial killer is in the middle of his spree, but without his wife or work colleagues ...
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Name of the effect that one feels entitled to more egoistic behaviour if one commited an altruistic deed [closed]

I'm looking for the term for the tendency of people to keep a kind of "altruism credit" which means if they help someone else at one moment, they more likely resolve to not helping if they ...
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Effect of numbers in brands and company names

I read somewhere that when there is a number in a brand or a company name, that will have a negative effect and the conclusion was that numbers should be avoided. You should rather have a name like &...
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Starting academic textbook/survey article for the field of persuasive communication?

I am quite interested in this topic and trying to find rigorous academic sources. The Wikipedia link of persuasive speech https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persuasive_speech is not relevant to this ...
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Why does a lot of victims of abuse tend to avoid confrontation?

I have known a few abuse victims (mental abuse more than physical abuse). One common trait among all of these people are they would go to any length to make peace. Usually their abusers use this ...
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How would you explain within sociological theory the phrase “You are making a scene!”, when an individual drops its act/role in public?

Since there is not sociology stackexhange to my knowledge, I believed it would be the best to post this question here. From sociological theory it is conceptualized by Erving Goffman that individuals ...
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Does the Milgram experiment produce different results for people who believe the final voltage is deadly?

Link to Wikipedia article on the experiment. This line in the first paragraph catches my eye: These fake electric shocks gradually increased to levels that would have been fatal had they been real. ...
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How can positive and negative mindsets influence interpersonal relationships with others?

I want to know how positive and negative mindset can influence interpersonal relationships with others. For example: if you have a negative mindset, would people not want to relate with you?
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Is there a name for this feeling?

With the intent of being seen as a big shot, a person induces unsuspecting observers to underestimate them by intentionally failing in trivial tasks but then successfully completing more complex tasks....
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At what age are 95% of people mentally able to give consent?

People under the age of consent still lack the mental ability to give informed consent. but the age of consent varies across countries and states from puberty in Yemen to 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 ( France, ...

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