Lecture DescriptionThis is the first of two lectures on social psychology, the study of how we think about ourselves, other people, and social groups. Students will hear about the famous "six degrees of separation" phenomenon and how it illuminates important individual differences in social connectedness. This lecture also reviews a number of important biases that greatly influence how we think of ourselves as well as other people.
Introduction – Foundations: This Is Your Brain – Foundations: Freud – Foundations: Skinner – What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought – How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth – Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language – Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past – Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love – Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality – Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions – Why Are People Different?: Differences – What Motivates Us: Sex – A Person in the World of People: Morality – A Person in the World of People: Self and Other – What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness – The Good Life: Happiness