scientific study of social effects on people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
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- Most social acts have to be understood in their setting, and lose meaning if isolated. No error in thinking about social facts is more serious than the failure to see their place and function.
- Solomon Asch, Social Psychology (1952), p. 61.
- Social organizations are flagrantly open systems in that the input of energies and the conversion of output into further energy input consists of transactions between the organization and its environment.