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Social Psychology

About this Elective

Campus: Wellesley College | Rising Grades: 10,11,12 | Program: EXPLO Pre-College

Discover the way that human behavior is influenced by social interaction and society, and the effects of environment and socialization on the identity of individuals and groups. Learn about how social factors drive discrimination, prejudice, and bias by analyzing historical group behavior experiments such as the Jane Elliott blue eyes/brown eyes exercise, the Clark Doll experiment used to assess children’s self-esteem, and the Implicit Association Task. Engage with theories of social psychology to understand how people interact with those around them. Making use of Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love, examine why we’re attracted to certain people as friends and others as mates. Incorporating aspects of Myers-Briggs, learn to differentiate the various personality types that exist in the world. In discovering how social norms influence our entire society, learn the ways in which social psychology plays a powerful role in our lives, impacting our choices, feelings, and behavior.