Cognitive psychology is the study of mental processes such as "attention, language use, memory, perception, problem solving, creativity and thinking."[
Social psychologists typically explain human behavior as a result of the interaction of mental states and immediate social situations.
In psychology, social psychology is the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. By this definition, scientific refers to the empirical method of investigation.