- Attribution Theory
From the Fourth Edition of A First Look at Communication Theory by Em Griffin, a description of Fritz Heider's Attribution Theory. Attribution is a three-step process through which we perceive others as causal agents.
(Added: 21-Dec-1999 Hits: 7880)
- Changing Minds
World's biggest site on all aspects of how we change one another's minds. 1500+ pages on everything from social psychology theories to sales techniques.
(Added: 16-Nov-2004 Hits: 4302)
- Cognitive Anthropology
Cognitive anthropology generally focuses on the intellectual and rational aspects of culture, particularly through studies of language use. The centrality of language to cognitive anthropology is related to the origins of the sub-field. Cognitive anthropology is distinguished most by its methodology, which originated in attempts to fit formal linguistic methods into linguistic and social anthropology.
(Added: 14-Feb-2000 Hits: 1415)
- Excuses, emotions and in between
Making excuses is a common phenomenon; yet, it is a complex
one, and we are far from understanding all its aspects. Excuses
are most often dealt with under different headings and within
different theories and domains, such as impression management,
attribution, accountability, etc. Different taxonomies with
excuses as one of their categories have been suggested.
(Added: 23-Mar-1999 Hits: 4041)
- Influence At Work: The Science of Persuasion
The Influence at Work website offers a brief introduction to a big topic: social influence, the modern, scientific study of persuasion, compliance, propaganda, "brainwashing," and the ethics that surround these issues.Our approach to the influence process is based on scientific, peer-reviewed psychological research and, in particular, on the research and methods of the internationally renowned influence expert, Dr. Robert Cialdini.
(Added: 27-Feb-2000 Hits: 4410)
Polish Social Psychology Portal - Contains articles, news and discussions from social psychology's areas of interest. The site is available only in polish. Polski Portal Psychologii Spolecznej - zawiera artykuly, aktualnosci i dyskusje z obszaru zainteresowan psychologii spolecznej.
(Added: 13-Jul-2006 Hits: 283)
- Reformulating the Internet Paradox: Social Cognitive Explanations of Internet Use and Depression
The Internet Paradox study found evidence of a causal link between Internet use and depression, but it may have been specific to novice Internet users. The relationship between Internet use, social support and depression was reformulated drawing on social cognitive theory to account for the possible influence of self-efficacy, Internet-related stress, and perceived social support. A path analysis revealed a link between Internet use and depression, but one mediated by self-efficacy and the expectation of encountering stressful situations on the Internet. A path also was found linking Internet use to decreased depression through the use of e-mail exchanges with known associates to obtain social support.
(Added: 20-Mar-2001 Hits: 1047)
Shyness may be defined experientially as discomfort and/or inhibition in interpersonal situations that interferes with pursuing one's interpersonal or professional goals. It is a form of excessive self-focus, a preoccupation with one's thoughts, feelings and physical reactions. It may vary from mild social awkwardness to totally inhibiting social phobia.
Shyness may be chronic and dispositional, serving as a personality trait that is central in one's self definition. Situational shyness involves experiencing the symptoms of shyness in specific social performance situations but not incorporating it into one's self-concept.
(Added: 17-May-2000 Hits: 3467)
- Social Information Processing in MUDs: The Development of Friendships in Virtual Worlds
With the rapid growth of the Internet, new communication forms have emerged. This study examines how friendships are developed in a special kind of virtual world: multi-user-dungeons (MUDs). According to the Social Information Processing perspective people learn to verbalize online that which is nonverbal offline, with increasing time. The use of verbal paralanguage should be an important factor in the development of impressions. Sociability, as a general trait, and skepticism towards computer-mediated communication (CMC), as a situation-specific attitude, could also influence this process.
(Added: 20-Mar-2001 Hits: 1281)
- Social Learning Theory of Albert Bandura
Social learning theory is a general theory of human behavior, but Bandura and people concerned with mass communication have used it specifically to explain media effects. Bandura warned that children and adults acquire attitudes, emotional responses, and new styles of conduct through filmed and televised modeling."37 George Gerbner (see Chapter 28) was concerned that television violence would create a false climate of fear. Albert Bandura cautioned that TV might create a violent reality that was worth fearing.
(Added: 4-Feb-2000 Hits: 7146)
- Social Psychology
The social sciences are dedicated to understanding the human condition, ideally to the extent that the singular and collective behaviors of human beings can be understood and even predicted. Though their goals are identical in the abstract, these "sciences" differ in terms of their way of looking at things, the questions they ask, the methods they use in addressing these questions, and what they do with this information once they obtain it.
(Added: 19-Mar-2001 Hits: 7777)
- The Prisoners' Dilemma
Prisoners' Dilemma is a game which has
been and continues to be studied by people
in a variety of disciplines, ranging from
biology through sociology and public
policy. Among its interesting
characteristics are that it is a
"non-zero-sum"game: the best strategy for
a given player is often one that increases
the payoff to one's partner as well.
(Added: 11-Dec-1998 Hits: 1385)
- The Psychology of Cyberspace
This hypertext book explores the psychological aspects of environments created by computers and online networks. It presents an evolving conceptual framework for understanding how people react to and behave within cyberspace: what I call "the psychology of cyberspace" - or simply "cyberpsychology."
(Added: 9-Oct-2005 Hits: 673)
- What is Social Phobia/Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is the third largest psychological problem in the United States today. This type of anxiety affects 15 million Americans in any given year. Unlike some other psychological problems, social anxiety is not well understood by the general public or by medical and mental health care professionals,such as doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and counselors. In fact, people with social anxiety are misdiagnosed almost 90% of the time.
(Added: 1-Jul-2000 Hits: 2612)