Temporal Matters in Social Psychology: Examining the Role of Time in the Lives of Groups and Individuals

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-10-01

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In Temporal Matters in Social Psychology, authors Joseph E. McGrath and Franziska Tschan explore and ponder the many ways in which temporal matters affect how individuals, groups, and larger collectives behave. In interesting and delightful discussions, the authors examine how people conceptualize time and live within prescribed and personal timeframes and how time is measured and enters into social psychological phenomena at multiples levels, in different functional roles, and as different types of processes. Chapters also cover how temporal factors play a fundamental and often overlooked role in many key methodological areas of psychology, including causality, internal and external validity, comparisons of empirical information gained by different research strategies, and theories of measurement and error. Readers will gain from this engaging volume an enriched understanding of temporal processes and will be inspired to make time part of future theories and scientif

Author Biography

Franziska Tschan is a professor of social psychology and work psychology at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
The Complex Nature of Time
Temporal Aspects of Individual Behavior
Temporal Factors Affecting Social Psychological Phenomena
Time, Stress, and Coping Processes
Group Development and Change
Time and Collective Action
Time and the Research Process
Time and the Future of Social Psychology
Appendix A. Parameters of Temporal Patterning 169(8)
Appendix B. Slife's Analysis of Temporal Conceptions 177(4)
Appendix C. McGrath and Kelly's Treatment of Conceptions of Time 181(4)
References 185(26)
Author Index 211(8)
Subject Index 219(8)
About the Authors 227

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