After the mass suicide related to the cult at Jonestown, people tended to blame the victims and accuse them of being psychologically unstable or deranged. Social psychologists are more likely to explain these mass suicides as being due to __________.
From across the room, J.T. sees his mother sigh, and he approaches to give her a hug in hopes of cheering her up. In this case, J.T.'s behavior is an example of a(n) __________ social influence attempt.
In the introduction to Chapter 1, you read about a number of social phenomena: a young man broadcast his suicide live online; a sister and brother disagreed on the attractiveness of the same fraternity; and more than 800 people committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. What do these examples have in common?
According to the authors of your text, when faced with a puzzling social question, it may be tempting to ask people why they behaved as they did. Why is this not always the best way to understand social behavior?