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Overview of Social Psychology

Social psychology is viewed as an interstitial science, because it is interrelating on three difference levels of analysis consisting of the individual, interpersonal and social structural, including political and economic structures.

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Social psychology is a subfield of psychology that studies how individuals are affected by environmental factors and particularly by other people. It is both basic and applied, and works on theoretical issues, as well as the application of knowledge to practical problems. Social psychologists study how people influence one another. They may be interested, for example, in the concept of leaders and followers. Social psychology is viewed as an interstitial science, because it is interrelating on three difference levels of analysis consisting of the individual, interpersonal and social structural, including political and economic structures. Social psychology differs from general psychology in regards to what causes behavior. Social psychology maintains an emphasis on the most important effects of behaviors, thoughts and feelings; whereas behavioral psychology emphasizes that it is external stimuli that influence behavior rather than emotions, thoughts, and feelings (Delamater, 2003). Social psychology is different from other types of psychology such as criminal, ...

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Social psychology is a subfield of psychology that studies how individuals are affected by environmental factors and particularly by other people. It is both basic and applied, and works on theoretical issues, as well as the application of knowledge to practical problems.

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