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    1. Explain how social psychology is different from sociology, psychology, and other subfields of psychology. Why is there a need for social psychology as a unique scientific field different from the subfields of psychology?

    2. We encounter various types of statistics on a daily basis; some are correlational (nonexperimental) and others are causational (experimental). Describe how these two methods differ. Using an example of a statistic from a commercial, political group, or other day to day forum, explain how the statistic was used to support a specific claim. Develop a hypothesis that could be studied to make the statistic more reliable and valid. Explain why.

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    1. Q - Explain how social psychology is different from sociology, psychology, and other subfields of psychology. Why is there a need for social psychology as a unique scientific field different from the subfields of psychology?

    A- Sociology is the study of social behaviour and the dynamics, processes and intricacies of society. It is also thus an exploration of this subject of study - the 'social' - where individuals and groups come together to communicate, negotiate, relate and take part in the building of, as well as become products of fundamentals like culture, practices, traditions, belief systems, languages, mores, etc. Psychology meanwhile is the study of the mind, behaviour and human action that encompasses both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind, related to thinking and thought. Social psychology is kind of an intersection of both sciences, where elements of sociology bring social behaviour in touch with the inner workings of the mind. McLeod (2007) explains this as follows - "Social psychology is about understanding individual behaviour in a social context." Thus, if sociology explains human behaviour following the sociological theories, social psychology goes deeper, explaining behaviour in a social context in accordance with the fundamentals of human psychology - i.e. ...

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