Medical Definition of Psychology, social

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Psychology, social: The study of the mind and mental processes, particularly as regards social interactions, focusing on the ways our actions influence others, and vice versa.

Social psychology is a hybrid discipline, a fusion product of sociology and psychology. (In contrast to psychology's atomization of the human condition, looking into the self and its inner workings, the attention of psychologists tends to be directed toward human connections.) Social psychologists examine, for example, how people's perceptions, belief systems, and behaviors are determined by their positions in social space.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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