Exam 1 Study Questions
- What is social psychology? What do social psychologist
study? In what ways is social psychology similar to and
different from sociology and psychology?
- What are the major approaches to psychology and
sociology? Discuss their strengths and weaknesses as they
relate to social psychology. What is symbolic
interactionism? How is symbolic interactionism similar to
and different from other approaches to social psychology?
- What is meant by the phrase "Humans live in symbolic
worlds of their own making?" What are some of the
implications of this statement?
- What is a symbol? How do symbols differ from signs? What
is the relationship between a symbol and the thing it
symbolizes? In your answer be sure to address the
naturalistic/positivistic view, the dualistic view, and
the constructivist view.
- What are the three components of a symbol? Why is it
important to recognize that symbols are more than just
- Discuss the importance of language, emphasizing its
relevance to (1) thought and cognition, (2) experiences
and perceptions of reality, (3) social action and
interaction, and (4) the production and transmission of