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Social Psychology Defined
A definition and exploration of the concept of social psychology.
# 128006 | 1,051 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 23, 2010 in Psychology (Experimental) , Psychology (Social)

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This paper focuses on the definition of social psychology, defining it as a science that peers into the very essence of human nature and takes into account the perspectives of each domain of psychological study. The paper explains that clinical psychology differs from social psychology in that it is involves the treatment of abnormal behavior, whereas general psychology focuses upon the inherent autonomy of the individual with regard to his or her relation to the environment. The paper further notes that sociology is concerned with the scientific analysis of a social institution as a functioning whole and as it relates to the rest of society. The paper discusses correlation research and experimental research. The paper concludes that the study of social psychology is a science that depends upon the revelations of all other forms of scientific study, and has yet to evolve into its final form.

Social Psychology Differs from Other Related Disciplines
Research Methods

From the Paper:

"Within the realm of topics that focus on social psychology various methods of research are used. In coalitional research variables are used to show relationships between methods examined by researchers that are tested to form theories about a given hypothesis. Experimental research is used to detect causal links between variables. Participants are randomly designate to either a control group or an experimental group. In a control group, the individuals receive no treatment; in the experimental group, there may be manipulation of the amount or levels of variables and the effects are then measured. This approach is used to unearth causal relationships among the variables being used. Another type of research used by social psychologists is correlation research. This type of research is used to find "relationships between variables.""

Sample of Sources Used:

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