Most Underappreciated 50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-16
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Fifty of today's most prominent social psychologists describe their scholarship, focusing on the human and personal side of the "life of the mind." Each author spotlights his or her least appreciated work, and discusses theory, methods, findings, or application. The contributors also use this opportunity to provide the context behind their work. Some authors describe their mentors, the influential figures who led them to certain areas of research. Others offer advice to young researchers who are just entering the field and who can learn from their predecessors' mistakes and miscalculations. These contributors address issues like how to prepare for, and make the most of, a professorship in a liberal arts college context, and how to frame a research question, title an article, handle a controversy, pursue a passion, devise a method, think about a meta-analysis, and write persuasively. Still others discuss what makes their research important to them and to the field, describing the impact of their work on their own future research agendas. In fifty engaging and succinct essays, these eminent psychologists pull back the curtain on their professional lives. Their stories are personal and touch on relationships, passion for ideas, and the emotional highs and lows of academic life. This book is a truly unique glimpse behind scenes of social psychology and the people who have advanced the field.

Author Biography

Robert M. Arkin is Professor of Psychology in the Social Psychology program at The Ohio State University. He lives in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio with his wife Carol, a practicing clinical psychologist, three sons, and two ill-mannered dogs named Abby and Sam.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xvii
Big Science, Big Theory, Big Ideasp. 3
Most Cited, Least Read?p. 5
Appreciated, but Misunderstoodp. 10
Undeserved Recognitionp. 14
Is There a Divorce in Your Genes?p. 17
A Life-Changing Paper? That Depends on Your Interpretationp. 22
Saga of My Stealth Bomber Chapter: Can't Miss, But Vanished Without a Tracep. 27
From Egosystem to Ecosystemp. 32
Publish and Perishp. 37
A Catastrophe in My Research Portfoliop. 42
I Want to Be a Social Psychologistp. 46
But What About that Gigantic Elephant in the Room?p. 51
Middle-Range Theoriesp. 61
Adventures in Rejectionlandp. 63
Thrilling Thoughts: How Changing Your Mind Intensifies Your Emotionsp. 67
A Fundamental Conceptual Distinction… Gone Unnoticedp. 72
Communal Relationships Can Be Selfish and Give Rise to Exploitationp. 77
Take Me Out to the Ballgamep. 82
Timing Is Everything … At Least for Citation Impactp. 86
Motivational When Motivational Wasn't Coolp. 91
Does Impression Management Have an Image Problem?p. 96
Dynamic Complexity Theory: Eclipsed by a Revolutionp. 101
Methods and Innovationsp. 105
Littering as an Unobtrusive Measure of Political Attitudes: Messy but Cleanp. 107
Imagined and Genuine Opposition to New Ideas on Sexualityp. 113
A New Method for Theory Testing in Social Psychology: The Case of Dissonancep. 118
HARK! A Herald Sings … But Who's Listening?p. 126
Some Things Get Better With Agep. 132
Episodes in the Mind: Or, Beware When the Paradigm Shifts …!p. 137
Kiss My ˘TASS÷p. 142
The Slow, Halting Appreciation of Close Relationships Researchp. 146
Is Attitude Research Incompatible With the Compatibility Principle?p. 151
Change We Cannot Believe Inp. 155
Imputing Values to Missing Information in Social Judgmentp. 159
Phenomena and Findingsp. 165
Whatever Happened to Schema-Triggered Affect?p. 167
Priming Creative Behavior: Priming How Things Work Rather Than What Things Arep. 171
What's in a Title? How a Decent Idea May Have Gone Badp. 177
The Bearable Lightness of Impactp. 181
I Can't Explainp. 185
Most Underappreciated … By Me!p. 188
It Takes More Than Two to Tango: The Importance of Identifying and Addressing Your Audiencep. 192
My Rather Unknown Piece About ˘Unknown Unknowns÷ and Their Role in Self-Insightp. 197
Reality Lives! Redeeming an Apparently Unfulfilled Prophecyp. 202
Bet You Didn't Know I Did a Dissonance Studyp. 208
Is That All There Is? Reaction to the That's-Not-All Procedurep. 213
My Brief Career in Modelingp. 217
The Diversity of Social Support and Outgroup Homogeneity: Some Bad Luck and a Lot of Good Fortunep. 220
Thirty Years of Contrast in Social Comparisonp. 225
The Causal Structure of Person Types and Stereotypesp. 228
Your First Word Will Be Your Last Word if It Is Your Only Wordp. 233
Application: Mailing Science Usefulp. 239
˘Risky Business÷: On the Adventures of Simultaneously Manipulating Sexual Arousal and Intoxicationp. 241
Buried Treasures: Depression, Murder, Praise, and Intelligencep. 245
A Mis-citation Classicp. 250
Emotional Intelligencep. 254
Hidden Gems About Justice Research: The Psychology of Punitivenessp. 259
The ˘Messenger Effect÷ in Persuasionp. 264
The Idea, The Audience, and Mep. 268
Unfinished Business: Activating Changep. 272
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