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Social Psychology - Investigating Prejudice and Stereotypes

Nearly one year in, and I'm now in to the business end of my psychology course, that is Social Psychology.
 
What is Social Psychology?
 
According to Baron, Byrne & Suls (1989) social psychology is defined as ....
'the scientific field that seeks to understand the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations' (p. 6).
Social psychology studies how individual human behaviour is influenced by others within a social context.
 
Simply put social psychologists look into the factors that make us behave in a certain way when in the presence of others, and also looks at the conditions under which certain behavior/actions and feelings occur.
 
Social psychology focusses on the way these feelings, thoughts, beliefs, intentions and goals are constructed and how such psychological factors, in turn, influence our interactions with others.
 
How We Feel about 'The Other' 
 
Much of our interactions with others, whether we like it or not, includes our prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping of 'others.' Understanding why this happens is a large part of social psychology.
 
In doing research into these fascinating topics I came across, via Trendwatching.com, the following insightful video (first published on YouTube 1st Jun 2016) from global travel search site momondo.
 
According to Trendwatching. com, the video ...
 
"...highlighted the hidden racial diversity that exists in all individuals. In The DNA Journey, volunteers were shown talking about pride in their national heritage and even issues with those from other countries, before being shown the results of DNA tests that proved they were a melting pot of genes from many different parts of the world." 
 
momondo say ...
"It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think.
 
We asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test, and it turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have thought."

For more about their vision, please visit: www.momondo.com/letsopenourworld

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