It is my understanding that social psychology began in 1898 when Norman Triplet did the first study, which was on cyclist. He came to the conclusion that the racers seemed to race faster when racing with other racers then they did when they raced the clock. Looking back to the past from today it states that a Nazi German refugee Kurt Lewincame to the United States in the year 1933 had a very large effect on social psychology over years, however he is not found or seen in any social psychology text books. Social psychology is only around 110 years old, give or take a few years. According to our text “it was not until after World War II that the field of social psychology took off.”(Feenstra, J. 2011) Social psychology’s main focus is the use of scientific methods to determine what affect others have on our behaviors, thoughts and feelings. Social psychology differs from other studies of its kind because it uses a combination of research methods and theories for its study of social behavior and sociology which is said to be the study centered on group behaviors, while psychology is the study of an individual’s behavior. According to our text the theoretical constructs that were inherent insocial psychology principles “is that social psychology has no unifying concept; it did not develop from the seed of a theoretical construct ... but grew like crabgrass in uncultivated regions of the social sciences”(Feenstra, J. 2011)
Feenstra, J. (2011). Introduction to Social Psychology, Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Retrieved From:https://content.ashford.edu/books/AUPSY301.11.2/sections/sec1.3?search=observational#w4954
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