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Intro To Social Psych Notes

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Social Psych
= scientific study of the reciprocal influence of the individual and context
Standard Social Model = born blank slates
Evolution due to:
Random Variation - recombinant gametes/mutation/sexual reproduction
Systematic Selection - natural/sexual
Proximate = why right now?
Ultimate = why at all?
Phylogenetic = evolutionary history
Ontogenetic = individual development

Sex differences
Gender roles = appropriate behaviour for M/F
Gender identity = perception of oneself as M/F
Sex = biological X/Y
Gender = social ie cultural d score = M av - F av
Pooled SD

0.2 = small effect

0.5 = medium effect

0.8 = large effect
Aggression d = 0.4  medium
Emotional decoding d = -1.02  large
Achievement motivation

0.28 0.16

0.12 0.12

0.1 F>M
Sex role


External LOC


How to measure M/F = Bem Sex Pole Inventory

Mischel Learning Theory: M and F rewarded for difference behaviours Social Psych
Bandura: modelling
Perry and Bussey: imitation of sex-typical behaviour
Media: TV characters M:F 5:1 and gender stereotyped
Cultural/Social Role Theory: Eagly

Do stereotypes cause behaviour?
Spencer, Steele & Quinn - F do worse on maths test when asked gender
Campbell - 3m/o F look more to other F than 3m/o M-M
Cross - sex diff in impulsivity falling as society equalises
Children shown sex diff before they develop stereotypes
Stereotypes occur in pre-schoolers
Actual stereotypes are LOWER than perceived stereotypes
Perhaps division of labour is caused by sex diff:
M hunt/build/fish etc
F care/laundry etc
Biosocial reformulation: Wood & Eagly

Sexual selection:
 Inter: opposite sex prefers some traits
 Intra: some traits increase competitor vs own sex
Parental Investment (Trivers): investment into offspring increases survival
Differences in PI: M

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