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Social Psychology

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Pub. Date:
4/18/2005
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Summary

Generations of readers have learned social psychology from this bookit provides balanced, up-to-date, and accurate coverage of basic topics, research, and theories. Balancing cutting-edge findings and classic work in the field, the user-friendlySocial Psychologyshows how its methods and theories can be applied to everyday experiences and current social issues.Interesting and easy to read and understand, the topics covered are broad in scope but not overwhelming; these include: perception of people and events; attitudes and influence; social interactions and relationships; helping and hurting others; social psychology and health; and social psychology and the law.Teachers, health professionals, lawyers, business leaders, and people in many different professions will find Social Psychologyto be a valuable reference and handbook.

Author Biography

Shelley E. Taylor is professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Taylor received her B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. She taught at Harvard University until 1979, when she joined the faculty at UCLA. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Social Psychology, the Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award in Health Psychology, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, and the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. She has served on the editorial boards of many journals. Her other books include Social Cognition (with Susan T. Fiske), Health Psychology, Positive Illusions, and The Tending Instinct. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in social cognition, health psychology, and social neuroscience.

Letitia Anne Peplau is professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Peplau received her B.A. in psychology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Since 1973, she has taught at UCLA, where she has served as chair of the social psychology program and co-director of the Center for the Study of Women. She was elected president of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships and received the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Her other books include Loneliness: A Sourcebook of Current Theory, Research, and Therapy (edited with Daniel Perlman), Close Relationships (with Harold H. Kelley et al.), and Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity (edited with Rose Veniegas et al.) She has published numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as loneliness, friendship, gender roles in heterosexual dating and marriage, the relationships of lesbians and gay men, and the development of sexual orientation.

David O. Sears is professor of psychology and political science, former dean of social sciences, and current director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Sears received his B.A. in history from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University. Since 1962, he has taught at UCLA. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and president of the International Society of Political Psychology. His other books include Public Opinion (with Robert E. Lane), The Politics of Violence: The New Urban Blacks and the Watts Riot (with John B. McConahay), Tax Revolt: Something for Nothing in California (with Jack Citrin), Political Cognition (edited with Richard R. Lau), Racialized Politics: The Debate About Racism in America (edited with Jim Sidanius and Lawrence Bobo), and the Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (edited with Leonie Huddy and Robert Jervis). He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of topics, including attitude change, mass communications, ghetto riots, political socialization, voting behavior, racism in politics, and the politics of multiculturalism.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About The Authors xvii
Theories and Methods in Social Psychology
2(30)
In The News: Foul Play Among College Sports Fans
2(1)
The Social Psychological Approach
3(2)
Historical Roots of Social Psychology
5(1)
Theories in Social Psychology
6(8)
Methods in Social Psychology
14(12)
Research Highlights: Meta-Analysis in Social Psychology
26(1)
Research Ethics
27(5)
Part One
Person Perception: Forming Impressions of Others
32(32)
In The News: Man on a Leash or Woman Holding a Leash?
32(2)
What Information Do We Use?
34(5)
Integrating Impressions
39(4)
Motivated Person Perception
43(3)
Attributing the Causes of Behavior
46(7)
Accuracy of Judgments
53(3)
Nonverbal Communication
56(3)
The Problem of Deception
59(5)
Social Cognition: Understanding the Social World
64(32)
In The News: Do Increasing Casualties Justify a Pullout or a Continued Presence?
64(1)
Social Inference
65(6)
Emotion and Inference
71(5)
Research Highlights: ``I'll Get It Done by Friday'': The Planning Fallacy in Action
76(2)
Schemas
78(2)
Schematic Processing
80(2)
Mental Shortcuts: Using Cognitive Heuristics
82(4)
Which Schemas Are Used?
86(4)
When Are Schemas Used?
90(1)
Schemas in Action
91(5)
The Self: Learning About the Self
96(36)
In The News: Governor Girlie Man
96(1)
What Is the Self?
97(2)
Where Does Self-Knowledge Come From?
99(8)
Aspects of Self-Knowledge
107(2)
Self-Regulation
109(5)
Motivation and the Self
114(4)
Research Highlights: Is Self-Enhancement Associated with a Healthy or Unhealthy Stress Response? A Social Neuroscience Approach
118(4)
Social Comparison Theory
122(4)
Self-Presentation
126(4)
Culture and the Self: A Comment
130(2)
Part Two
Attitudes and Attitude Change
132(36)
In the News: Sweet Talking the Kids? How Persuasion May Not Be So Hidden
132(1)
Defining Attitudes
133(1)
Theories of Attitudes
134(13)
Persuasion
147(12)
Attitude Change over Time
159(1)
Attitudes and Behavior
160(8)
Prejudice
168(36)
In The News: The Israelis and Palestinians
168(2)
Components of Group Antagonism
170(5)
Learning Prejudice
175(2)
Motives for Prejudice
177(4)
Cognitive Bases of Prejudice
181(5)
Social Identity
186(4)
The Changing Face of Prejudice
190(6)
Research Highlights: Measuring Implicit Stereotypes
196(1)
Reducing Prejudice
197(7)
Social Influence
204(28)
In The News: Where Have All the Susans Gone?
204(1)
Conformity
205(10)
Compliance
215(9)
Research Highlights: What a Coincidence! How Incidental Similarity Affects Compliance
224(1)
Obedience to Authority
225(7)
Part Three
Interpersonal Attraction
232(32)
In The News: The New Love Connection: Finding Romance Online
232(1)
The Need to Belong
233(4)
Attachment in Children and Adults
237(3)
Liking: The Bases of Interpersonal Attraction
240(11)
Mate Selection
251(1)
Research Highlights: Does the Internet Build Social Connections or Increase Social Isolation?
252(2)
Romantic Love
254(10)
Personal Relationships
264(32)
In The News: The Pros and Cons of Same-Sex Marriage
264(1)
Interdependence Theory
265(7)
Self-Disclosure
272(5)
Intimacy
277(2)
The Balance of Power
279(3)
Conflict
282(2)
Research Highlights: The Dark Side of Relationships
284(1)
Satisfaction
285(1)
Commitment
285(3)
Relationship Maintenance
288(6)
Responses to Dissatisfaction: Voice, Loyalty, Neglect, and Exit
294(2)
Behavior in Groups
296(38)
In The News: Groupthink and U.S. Intelligence Failures about Iraq
296(1)
Behavior in the Presence of Others
297(2)
Research Highlights: Does a Supportive Audience Improve Performance?
299(9)
Basic Features of Groups
308(3)
Group Performance
311(3)
Group Decision Making
314(6)
Group Interaction: Competition versus Cooperation
320(7)
Leadership
327(7)
Gender
334(38)
In The News: Women in the Military
334(2)
Gender Stereotypes
336(7)
Research Highlights: How Accurate Are Gender Stereotypes?
343(4)
Gender and the Self
347(5)
Theoretical Perspectives on Gender
352(4)
Comparing the Social Behavior of Women and Men
356(7)
Changing Roles for Women and Men
363(9)
Part Four
Helping Behavior
372(32)
In The News: Helping Strangers in Distress
372(1)
Defining Altruism and Prosocial Behavior
373(1)
Theoretical Perspectives on Helping
374(10)
The Helper: Who Is Most Likely to Help?
384(4)
Research Highlights: Bleeding-Heart Liberals and Heartless Conservatives
388(3)
Bystander Intervention: Helping Strangers in Need
391(4)
Volunteerism: Making a Commitment to Help
395(3)
Caregiving: Helping Family and Friends
398(1)
Seeking and Receiving Help
398(6)
Aggression
404(36)
In The News: Terrorism in Spain
404(2)
Origins of Aggression
406(1)
Definition of Aggression
406(1)
Sources of Anger
407(2)
Aggressive Behavior
409(8)
Reduction of Aggressive Behavior
417(7)
Media Violence
424(4)
Research Highlights: Do Video Games Increase Aggression?
428(3)
Intimate Violence
431(9)
Part Five
Social Psychology and Health
440(28)
In The News: Obesity Gaining on Tobacco as Top Killer
440(2)
Health Behaviors
442(4)
Research Highlights: Safe Sex
446(3)
Stress and Illness
449(3)
Coping with Stressful Events
452(8)
Symptoms, Illness, and Treatment
460(4)
Social Psychological Perspectives on-Chronic Illness
464(4)
Social Psychology and Law
468(25)
Eugene Borgida
Jennifer Hunt
In The News: DNA Test Frees Man Falsely Convicted of Sexual Assault and Attempted Murder
468(1)
What Is Social Psychology and Law?
469(1)
Eyewitness Identification and Testimony
469(5)
Research Highlights: The Recovered Memory Debate
474(3)
Criminal Defendants
477(4)
Jury Selection and Decision Making
481(8)
Social Psychologists' Contributions to the Legal System
489(4)
Glossary 493(11)
References 504(50)
Photo Credits 554(1)
Name Index 555(20)
Subject Index 575


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