Disposition or Situation?

How do we understand the behavior of other people? Rather than focusing on a person’s traits (or their disposition) as we did in personality psychology, we’ll now include a focus on the situation the person is in. We’ll begin with Attribution Theory, which refers to how we understand the cause of events. So if I watch a person walking down …

Key Terms for Social Psychology

Download a free pdf of this key terms list here: Social-Psychology-Key-Terms Find explanations and examples of all of these key terms and more here: Master Introductory Psychology: Complete Edition       social psychology   sociology   basic research   applied research   archival studies   observational studies   field experiment   subject variables   Geert Hofstede   cultural dimensions   …

Gina Perry’s “Behind the Shock Machine”

I recently read Gina Perry’s book Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments which offers a fascinating investigation into Stanley Milgram’s famous experiments on obedience to authority. Perry digs into Milgram’s notes, letters, and book drafts, and also meets with subjects, assistants, and researchers to provide an in-depth look at what is perhaps the best-known …