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Social Interaction (Psy 02) Word Count 1,445 Maxine Jackson February 2008 Social interaction is part of social psychology; this investigates the reasons for human change, whether that change is thinking, feeling or behaviour. Depending on perspective a change in a person's beliefs could be due to education or propaganda. Social influence is the investigation of how others influence a person's way of life. What makes an individual change their beliefs of their behaviour? Social psychology areas include the investigation of several different topics, for example: * Stereotypes standardised image or conception of a type of person, ect. Categorise * Prejudice an opinion formed beforehand, esp. An unfavourable one based on inadequate facts * Discrimination unfair treatment of a person, racial group, minority, ect. Action based on prejudice * Frustration annoyance, disappointment, dissatisfaction, grievance, irritation, resentment * Aggression an attack or harmful action, esp. An unprovoked attack by one country against another, any offensive activity, practice, etc. Psycho. A hostile or destructive mental attitude. * Conformity compliance, allegiance, conventionality, agreement, conformance, harmony * Obedience the condition or quality of being obedient. Act or an instance of obeying; dutiful or submissive behaviour. Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus (2000) The aim of this assignment is to look at and evaluate the research theories and examine how they relate to a given case study. CASE STUDY Louise Brown is a single white female. She has two children that she has chosen to raise alone. Ms Brown has a full time job working for a highly paid company. ...read more.


Social learning theory suggests that behaviour is learned. People are not born aggressive; they adapt aggression through direct experience or by observing others. In reference to M Cardwell et al Psychology for A2 Level Bandura conducted an experiment also involving children. Using a blow up doll, some of the children were exposed to adults behaving aggressive towards the doll. The bobo doll experiment showed that children 'copied' the behaviour of adults. Those who witnessed aggressive behaviour toward the doll carried out similar aggressive acts. Whereas the children who were not exposed to the violence on the doll were not aggressive towards it. This experiment suggests that, people will copy behaviour. Is aggression learned? The social learning theory is contradicted by the Relative Deprivation Theory. This can be explained as, what we believe to be the standard we should receive and the standard we actually get. Moving house is hard work and stressful, things do not always go as planned. Ms Brown may become frustrated with the situation. An experiment conducted by Sherif in 1961, involved a group of eleven and twelve year olds. The children were divided into two groups and housed separately. As a result they became close friends and found a sense of identity within that group. The two groups were brought back together and after several competitions between them they acted very negatively towards each other. Each group felt as though they deserved to win the competitions more than the others. ...read more.


The Ku Klux Klan began as mainly poor white people who were 'frightened' of the end of slavery. It resulted in mass murder of innocent black people. Perhaps the beginning of the klan was due to relative deprivation, but it ended in hatred. Biological theorists argue that relative deprivation theory and social learning theory ignore the individual biological factors and differences between individuals genetic and brain factors. Each person has individual genetics, in this case it then becomes impossible to explain how a person would react to the given case study. It is not always possible to explain a person's behaviour through relative deprivation or social learning. It is not possible to explain a person's behaviour using only one theory, there for this suggests that many issues contribute to the influence of a person's behaviour. In conclusion to this assignment, Ms Brown is a new comer to an already established community. This can raise various feelings both for Ms Brown and for the people of the neighbourhood. Their lives are so different that it may cause conflict between them. If aggression was to occur from Ms Brown, it is not possible to say what the causes of this aggression could be. Perhaps a combination of what Ms Brown learned as a child and the feeling that she has been deprived of something. There are many theories surrounding aggression, this assignment could only touch on two of them. In the possibility of aggression from Ms Brown it remains uncertain what the causes could be. ...read more.

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