Exam 1 Study Questions

  1. What is social psychology? What do social psychologist study? In what ways is social psychology similar to and different from sociology and psychology?
  2. 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?
  3. What is meant by the phrase "Humans live in symbolic worlds of their own making?" What are some of the implications of this statement?
  4. 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.
  5. What are the three components of a symbol? Why is it important to recognize that symbols are more than just labels?
  6. 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 culture.