Social Psychology : Unraveling the Mystery (with Study Card)

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Social Psychology: Unraveling the Mystery explores how social behavior is goal-directed and a result of interactions between the person and the situation. Social Psychology Unraveling the Mystery has two features that set it apart from other social psychology textbooks: Opening mysteries: Each chapter begins with a mystery of social behavior, designed not only to grab student interest, but also to organize the ensuing discussion of scientific research: Why would a poor black washerwoman give away her hard-earned life-savings? What psychological forces led the Dalai Lama, the most exalted personage in Tibet, to forge a lifelong friendship with a foreign vagabond openly scorned by Tibetan peasants? Why would a boy falsely confess to murdering his own mother? A unique integrated approach to social behavior: Rather than encyclopedically listing unconnected factoids, the authors organize each chapter around the two broad themes, asking: (1) what are the goals that underlie the behavior in question? (2) what factors in the person and the situation link to each goal? The book thus presents the discipline as a coherent framework for understanding human behavior. Cutting-edge scholarship, lively writing, and the authors' strengths as both respected researchers and expert teachers, all come together to make the third edition of Social Psychology: Unraveling the Mystery an accessible and engaging read for students, and provides a modern and cohesive approach for their teachers.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Social Psychology
The Mysteries of Social Life
What Is Social Psychology? Major Theoretical Perspectives of Social Psychology
Basic Principles of Social Behavior
How Psychologists Study Social Behavior
How Does Social Psychology Fit into the Network of Knowledge?
Revisiting the Mysteries of Social Life
The Person and the Situation
The Enigma of an Ordinary and Extraordinary Man
The Person
The Situation
The Person and the Situation Interact
Revisiting the Enigma of an Ordinary and Extraordinary Man
Social Cognition: Understanding Ourselves and Others
Portraits of Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Social Thinker
Conserving Mental Effort
Managing Self-Image
Seeking Accuracy
Revisiting the Portraits of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Presenting the Self
The Amazing Lives of Fred Demara
What is Self-Preservation? Appearing Likeable
Appearing Competent
Conveying Status and Power
Revisiting the Amazing Lives of Fred Demara
Attitudes and Persuasion
The Changing Story of Peter Reilly
The Nature of Attitudes
What is Persuasion? Seeking Accuracy
Being Consistent
Gaining Social Approval
Revisiting the Story of Peter Reilly
Social Influence: Conformity,
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