Social Influences on Behavior

Social cognition is the process through which we categorize and understand the world around us and the social interactions that link us to that world. There exists within the psychological understanding of social cognition three models for understanding social interaction: networks of association, schemas, and concepts (Kowalski & Westen, 2005). The manner that human behavior... Continue Reading →

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Emotions Before and After an Abortion

Post your response to the following: Imagine you are talking to a friend who is having a hard time considering the abortion of an unwanted pregnancy. What are the various emotions your friend may experience before and after an abortion? If she is in the statistical majority she finds abortion for the sake of the... Continue Reading →

Three Components of Attractiveness

Post your response to the following: What are three components of attractiveness? Which of the three is most important to you? Why did you choose this factor? Three components of attractiveness are physical attractiveness, gender-role expectations, and earning potential. I do agree with the text that physical attractiveness is used by people more as a... Continue Reading →

Social Dominance and Courtship Displays

Post your response to the following: How do various behaviors of social dominance and courtship display affect the evolutionary process? What other behaviors might have an impact on evolution? Be sure to provide specific examples. In many species, the socially dominant males have a higher rate of copulation than the lower males. Therefore socially dominant... Continue Reading →

Personal Constructs and Social Perspectives

Explain the concept of personal constructs. What is a personal construct? I would compare a personal construct to a ruler. What are we really doing when we measure something with a ruler really? We are comparing the distance between the notches on the ruler with the distance of the object. In the same way, personal... Continue Reading →

Interactionism: Culture and Personality

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: What influence does culture have on personality? A major influencing factor on the degree to which culture affects personality is whether the culture is collectivist or individualist (McAdams, 2006). Certain traits such as friendliness might be construed in a collectivist society as beneficial; whereas, in an... Continue Reading →

A Negative Self-Schema and Social Interactions

Post your response to the following: Explain how having a negative self-schema affects one’s social interactions. Well, from what I understand, self-schemas help fill in missing information and simplify incoming data. I would be particularly worried about a negative self-schema when it comes to filling in data. With a negative self-schema, someone might see something... Continue Reading →

Cultural Influences of Self-Concept

Post your response to the following: A person’s self-concept plays a large role in how he or she views the world; it helps a person process social information, judge feedback, and influences what he or she notices in others. Culture teaches people what values are important and can determine if they view themselves as independent,... Continue Reading →

Psychological Explanation of Behavior

What are some of the ways that Psychologists attempt to explain human behavior? One of the major debates within the field of Psychology is the degree to which nature versus nurture shapes human behaviors and traits. What comprises our nature? How would you define nurture? How would you describe the interaction between genetic potential, environmental... Continue Reading →

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