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Types of Conformity

Conformity is type of social influence where a person changes their attitude or behaviour in response to group pressure.

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Types of Conformity
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Schizophrenia is a mental illness that usually occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood, but it can occur at any time in life. 

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Schizophrenia: What is Schizophrenia?
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Culture can be defined as the values, beliefs and patterns of behaviour shared by a group of people. 

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Issues & Debates: Culture Bias
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The considerations outlined by Sieber and Stanley provide a mechanism to safeguard individuals who are indirectly affected by psychological research. Because of the problems associated with socially sensitive research, it...

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Issues & Debates: Evaluating Socially Sensitive Research
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Unlike the idiographic approach, the nomothetic approach is considered as generally scientific. 

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Issues & Debates: Evaluating the Nomothetic Approach

Parasocial relationships refer to one-sided relationships with celebrity, a prominent person in the community or a fictional character, when a fan knows everything about the subject of their adoration and...

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Relationships: Parasocial Relationships

During the last decade, social media has increasingly become an important part of everyday life. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter have millions of people logging in every day; many...

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Relationships: Virtual Relationships

Many people view relationship breakdown as a one-off event that just happens when one partner decides to leave a relationship. However, social psychologist Steven Duck (2007) suggested that relationship dissolution is...

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Relationships: Duck's Phase Model of Relationship Breakdown

The Investment Model was put forward by Rusbult et al. (2001), as a development of Social Exchange Theory. The rationale for developing SET further was that many couples stay together despite...

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Relationships: Investment Model

Unlike Social Exchange Theory that argues how people try to maximise rewards and minimise costs in relationships, Equity Theory suggests that partners are concerned about fairness in relationships. Fairness is...

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Relationships: Equity Theory

Social exchange theory is one of the so-called ‘economic’ theories of relationships. Economic theories describe relationships as a series of exchanges aiming at balancing rewards and costs.

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Relationships: Social Exchange Theory

When choosing a partner, people start by looking at the options that are available.  However, not everyone who is available will be equally attractive, so people usually apply some criteria...

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Relationships: Filter Theory

Partner choice in romantic relationships is influenced by many factors. It seems that one of the most important factors for the development of relationships is feeling secure enough around the...

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Relationships: Self-disclosure as a Factor Affecting Attraction in Romantic Relationships

Psychologists have long noticed that physical attractiveness plays a major part in the formation of relationships, and proposed various explanations of why this is the case.

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Relationships: Physical Attractiveness

Evolutionary approaches explain human behaviour in terms of adaptiveness and reproductive success. These approaches argue that if a behavioural feature (for example, aggression) has been genetically inherited by one generation...

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Relationships: Sexual Selection and Human Reproductive Behaviour

According to the behavioural approach, abnormal behaviour can be caused by: 1) classical conditioning, 2) operant conditioning and 3) social learning theory. These theories have been applied to a range of psychological disorders,...

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Explaining Phobias – The Two-Process Model

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