About PSY 216

Course description

Social psychology is the study of how our behavior is affected by the real or imagined presence of others.

I think that it’s the most important field in psychology because it is about our everyday interactions with the people around us. We will study topics including attitudes and persuasion, the self, obedience and conformity, stereotypes and prejudice, group processes, romantic relationships, and applications for mental health and the legal system. During the semester we will relate these topics to current events.


The book is “Social Psychology: The Science of Everday Life” (2018) 2nd ed. by Greenberg, Schmader, Arndt, and Landau. It is published by Worth. We will discuss purchasing the book and online access. Don’t buy anything until we meet on the first day of class.