Do you think social psychology discerns the obvious and confirms the commonplace?
It may often seem that social psychology 'discerns the obvious and confirms the commonplace', but I think that's a simplification of the field. Often, social psychology may start with a question that seems obvious to people (e.g. Do children from low SES families face challenges in academic and social performance? ...
This posting provides a theoretical discussion of the use of social psychology, addressing whether it does more than simply addressing questions that have obvious answers.