Social Psychology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: eBook
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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The most up-to-date account of social psychology, this text introduces key concepts through balanced coverage of classic studies, contemporary research, and current social issues. The authors bring vivid examples to reflect social psychology concepts in real life. The use of current events, social issues, and evocative photographs makes the text more compelling to students by helping them relate concepts to their own lives and to see the world through the eyes of a social psychologist. Increased coverage of cross-cultural research and sociocultural perspectives includes studies of sexual orientation, ostracism, Milgram in the 21st century, and social relations over the Internet. These viewpoints are examined through topics such as the social self, personal and group perception of attitudes, conformity and obedience, interpersonal behavior, and group influences. The authors relate current references throughout the text--such as 9/11 and its aftermath, the Supreme Court's 2003 ruling on affirmative action, and the "celebrity" trials of Martha Stewart and Kobe Bryant--directly to social psychology. Icons in the text reference video footage available on the new Houghton Mifflin Social Psych in Film DVD/VHS (for instructors) and video stills on the student CD-ROM. Expanded coverage of the use of social neuroscience techniques includes brain imaging techniques to explore social psychology questions.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Review and Key Terms
Beginning with Chapter Three, each chapter opens with Putting Common Sense to the Test, a set of true-false questions designed to assess the student's intuitive beliefs about material later contained in that chapter
The answers to these questions are revealed in a marginal box after the topic is presented in the text, with a more detailed explanation of the answers appearing in the Review section at the back of each chapter
The Common Sense feature is also presented as an interactive exercise on the Student CD-ROM, to further reinforce the student's understanding of the text material
Introduction What Is Social Psychology?
From Past to Present
A Brief History of Social Psychology Social Psychology in a New Century
Doing Social Psychology Research Why Should You Learn About Research Methods?
Developing Ideas
Beginning the Research Process Refining Ideas
Defining and Measuring Social Psychological Variables Testing Ideas
Research Designs Ethics and Values in Social Psychology
Social Perception
The Social Self The Self-Concept Self-Esteem Self-Presentation Epilogue
The Multifaceted Self
Perceiving Persons Observation
The Elements of Social Perception Attribution
From Elements to Dispositions Integration
From Dispositions to Impressions Confirmation Biases
From Impressions to Reality Social Perception
The Bottom Line
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination Stereotypes Prejudice Sexism Racism A Threat in the Air
Effects on Stigmatized Targets Reducing Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Social Influence
Attitudes The Study of Attitudes Persuasion by Communication Persuasion by Our Own Actions
Conformity Social Influence as "Automatic" Conformity Compliance Obedience The Continuum of Social Influence
Group Processes Collective Processes
The Presence of Others Group Processes
Interacting with Others Cooperation, Competition, and Conflict
Responding to Differences
Social Relations
Attraction and Close Relationships Being with Others
A Fundamental Human Motive The Initial Attraction Close Relationships
Helping Others Evolutionary and Motivational Factors
Why Do People Help?
Situational Influences
When Do People Help?
Personal Influences
Who Is Likely to Help?
Interpersonal Influences
Whom Do People Help?
Reactions to Receiving Help The Helping Connection
Aggression What Is Aggression?
Cultural and Gender Differences Origins of Aggression Situational Influences on Aggression Media Effects
Scenes of Violence Intimate Violence
Trust Betrayed Reducing Violence
Applying Social Psychology
Law Jury Selection The Courtroom Drama Jury Deliberation Posttrial
To Prison and Beyond Justice
A Matter of Procedure?
Closing Statement
Business Personnel Selection Performance Appraisals Leadership Motivation Economic Decision Making
Health Stress and Health What Causes Stress?
How Does Stress Affect the Body?
Processes of Appraisal Ways of Coping with Stress Treatment and Prevention The Pursuit of Happiness
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