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processes that occur outside of our awareness, without conscious control
A model of persuasion that maintains that there are two different routes of persuasion: the central route and the peripheral route
a shortcut in which people judge things by how closely they resemble a prototype or a generic example; people do not process how statistically likely the match is
A theory that states that there are three major components of love—passion, intimacy, and commitment—which can be combined in different ways
The theory that inconsistencies between a person’s thoughts, sentiments, and actions create an aversive emotional state (dissonance) that leads to efforts to restore consistency
the finding that repeated exposure to a stimulus (for example, an object or person) leads to greater liking of the stimulus
simple rules for making decisions in a rapid manner, mental shortcuts that allow people to conserve their mental resources
the tendency to assume that within-group similarity is much stronger for outgroups than for ingroups
Theory that that limited resources will lead to conflict between groups and this is a direct reason why discrimination and stereotypes can develop within a society.
The tendency for people to act in ways that bring about the very thing they expect to happen
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the tendency to engage in self-defeating behaviors in order to prevent others from drawing unwanted attributions about the self as a result of poor performance
direct competition among two or more males or among two or more females for access to members of the opposite sex
An experimental situation designed to assess an infant’s attachment to the caregiver. An infant’s reactions are observed after her caregiver has left her alone in an unfamiliar
a methodological procedure whereby an investigator makes sure that any extraneous variable, (for example, a stimulus person's name,) that might influence the dependent measure, (fo
The myriad ways that people impact one another, including changes in attitudes, beliefs, feelings, and behavior, that result form the comments, actions, or even the mere presence o
theory dictating that people should provide benefits to those who benefit them
the tendency to help other individuals with the expectation that they will be likely to help in return of some other nature
the tendency to take pride in the accomplishments of those with whom we are in some way associated even if it is only weakly as when fans identify with a winning team
the influence of other people that comes form the desire to avoid their disapproval, harsh judgments, and other social sanctions (for example, barbs, ostracism)
differences in attribution based on who is making the causal assessment; the actor who is relatively disposed to make situational attributions or the observer who is relatively dis

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