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A Person in the World of People: Self and Other, Part I

This 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.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Social Psychology and Connections Between People
15:56 – Chapter 2. Aspects of the Self: The Spotlight and Transparency Effects
22:39 – Chapter 3. Aspects of the Self: You’re Terrific!
27:00 – Chapter 4. Aspects of the Self: Cognitive Dissonance
40:00 – Chapter 5. Self and the Other
50:03 – Chapter 6. How We Think About Other People

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.

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