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Social psychology examines the way groups and social structures shape individuals—their perceptions, beliefs, identities, attitudes, emotions, and behaviors—and how individuals acting together create, maintain, and change social structures.
Research includes how individuals’ locations in social structures, such as class, race, or gender, impact their behavior, perspectives, emotions, and even health. It also examines how individuals interact with one another, influence and are influenced by each other’s actions and communications, and develop social selves and identities that guide their future behavior. By coordinating behavior through interactions, individuals create group structures such as hierarchies and roles, as well as solidarity and shared identities among group members.
About ASA Topics
Through Sociology, we study our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. ASA Topics web pages provide various lenses through which to explore those studies, their findings and the questions that they trigger.