Social Psychology

Social Psychology studies the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals as they are influenced by other individuals and by groups. Topics include attitude change, aggression, intergroup relations, decision making, safe sex, gender differences, and self-regulation.

The program in Social Psychology at USC trains students in the methodological, statistical, and theoretical tools to study human social behavior. Students work closely with their primary advisor to develop an area of research expertise, while often also developing additional lines of research with other faculty in the department. Our program focuses on the development of strong research skills (including experimental methods, meta analytic reviews, computer modeling, and statistics) and the application of these research skills to matters of real-world importance (such as reducing intergroup conflict, preventing or reducing antisocial behaviors, and promoting safe sex practices and other healthful lifestyle behaviors). We encourage our students to work within other areas of the department to gain additional skills and expertise such as neuroimaging techniques, consumer behavior, behavior genetics, and advanced statistical techniques.

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061