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We live in a complex, fast changing and highly social world. One of the most compelling questions we face is how to understand ourselves and other people. The video tracks on this album introduce the four main theoretical perspectives in social psychology - cognitive, psychoanalytical, discursive and phenomenological. The album also explores interrogative themes that help in the understanding of key topics in social psychology. This material forms part of The Open University course DD307 Social psychology: critical perspectives on self and others.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 2 hours
  • Updated Sunday 26th April 2009
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Psychology
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Track 1: Understanding ourselves and others

An introduction to the ideas explored in this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Understanding ourselves and others    An introduction to the ideas explored in this album. Play now Understanding ourselves and others
2 Dr Zimbardo    Psychologists look at a ground breaking social psychological experiment carried out in 1971, seeing how men behaved when given the roles of prisoner's and guards. Play now Dr Zimbardo
3 The Experiment    Professor Alex Haslam talks about the modern day take on Dr Zimbardo's 1971 social psychological study which he set up and filmed for the BBC. Play now The Experiment
4 Interrogative Themes    Professor Wendy Holloway discusses the ideas behind the themes, and how they help students study social psychology. Play now Interrogative Themes
5 Situated Knowledges    The idea of knowledge - what it is and how time and place affects how it is perceived. Play now Situated Knowledges
6 Power Relations    Power relationships, with specific reference to a study on childcare. Play now Power Relations
7 Individual-Society Dualism    Psychologists Ann Phoenix and Wendy Holloway talk about why individual - society dualism is such a problem. Play now Individual-Society Dualism
8 Agency-Structure Dualism    Psychologists Ann Phoenix and Wendy Holloway discuss how people determine their life course - what influences them in society. Play now Agency-Structure Dualism
9 Four Interrogative Themes    Professor Wendy Holloway looks at the common claim 'boys don't cry' and discusses it in relation to the four themes - situated knowledge, power relations, individual-society dualism and agency-structure dualism. Play now Four Interrogative Themes
10 The Phenomenological Perspective    Dr Darren Langdridge and Dr Linda Finlay talk about the lived experience, and how they ended up as phenomenological psychologists. Play now The Phenomenological Perspective
11 The Traditional Family?    Dr Darren Langdridge discusses phenomenological research, focusing on his own study in understanding the lived experience of sexual identity. Play now The Traditional Family?
12 Living with Multiple Sclerosis    Dr Linda Finlay talks about her research into the lived experience of MS. Play now Living with Multiple Sclerosis
13 Phenomenological Psychology    The distinctions between phenomenological psychology and other perspectives in social psychology are discussed Play now Phenomenological Psychology
14 The Social Psychoanalytical Perspective    An introduction to this perspective, with Dr Helen Lucey and Professor Ann Phoenix. Play now The Social Psychoanalytical Perspective
15 Research methodology    Dr Helen Lucey discusses methods of research, focusing on one of her studies on siblings. Play now Research methodology
16 Interview dynamics    Professor Ann Phoenix discusses her study on masculinities in 11 to 14 year old boys, looking at interview dynamics. Play now Interview dynamics
17 Splitting    Professor Ann Phoenix and Dr Helen Lucey discuss the twin processes, and how they relate to social psychoanalytic research. Play now Splitting
18 Projective Identification    What projective identification is, how it links in with projection and where it sits in a social setting. Play now Projective Identification
19 Introjection    Dr Helen Lucy and Ann Phoenix explore how various emotions affect people's behavior. Play now Introjection
20 The Cognitive Social Perspective    Professor Alex Hasslam, Professor Tom Postmes and Professor Jolanda Jetten discuss cognitive social psychology, and how they became interested in it. Play now The Cognitive Social Perspective
21 Lab Experiments    Professor Alex Hasslam explains the importance of laboratory experiments in cognitive social psychology. PhD student Craig Knight desribes his research into the psychology of space. Play now Lab Experiments
22 Field Experiments    Professor Tom Postmes and Professor Jolanda Jetten look at field experiments in cognitive social psychology, focusing on Daisy Brook and her study on how to make sport teams more effective. Play now Field Experiments
23 The Discursive Psychological Perspective    Ai introduction to the discursive psychological perspective from Dr Bianca Rabbe and Professor Margaret Wetherell. Play now The Discursive Psychological Perspective
24 Discursive Analysis    Dr Bianca Rabbe talks about her own studies using discourse analysis, focusing on how young people talk about themselves and their relationships. She also looks at interpretative repertoire, subject positions and ideological dilemmas. Play now Discursive Analysis
25 Discursive Psychological Research    Professor Margaret Wetherell discusses her pioneering research into the language of racism. Play now Discursive Psychological Research
26 Football Analogy    Professor Margaret Wetherell breaks down discursive psychology using football as an analogy. Play now Football Analogy
27 Language and Discourse    Dr Bianca Rabbe discusses the traditional approach to language, and how the discourse approach differs. Play now Language and Discourse
28 Cognitive Social Definitions    Ontology, Methodology, Methods and Unit of Analysis are defined in relation to Cognitive Social Psychology. Play now Cognitive Social Definitions
29 Discursive Psychological Definitions    Ontology, Methodology, Methods and Unit of Analysis aredefined in relation to Discursive Psychological Psychology Play now Discursive Psychological Definitions
30 Phenomenological Definitions    Ontology, Methodology, Methods and Unit of Analysis are defined in relation to Phenomenological Psychology Play now Phenomenological Definitions
31 Social psychoanalytical definitions    Ontology, methodology, methods and unit of analysis are defined in relation to social psychoanalytical psychology. Play now Social psychoanalytical definitions

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