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Exploring Social Psychology
Synopses & Reviews
Psychologists need access to recent data and industry trends. They can get all they need here in this updated bestseller. Keeping close to its roots, this edition retains both the classic and current research, coverage of diverse issues and a lively writing style. Topics include: understanding social behavior, perception, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, and more. Ideal for social psychologists at any stage of their career.
Table of Contents
All chapters close with “Summary and Review,” “Key Terms,” and “For More Information.”
1.Understanding Social Behavior: An Introduction.
Social Psychology: A Working Definition.
The Origins and Development of Social Psychology.
How Social Psychology Attains Knowledge.
Using This Book: Special Features.
2.Social Perception: Knowing Others.
Nonverbal Communication: The Unspoken Language.
Attribution: Understanding the Causes of Others' Behavior.
Impression Formation and Impression Management: Combining and Using Social Information.
3.Social Cognition: Understanding the Social World.
Schemas and Their Effects.
Heuristics: Mental Shortcuts.
Potential Sources of Error in Social Cognition: Why Total Rationality Is So Rare.
The Interplay of Affect and Cognition.
The Self: Components of One's Identity.
Self-Functioning and Self Efficacy.
Gender As a Crucial Aspect of Identity.
5.Attitudes: Evaluating the Social World.
Forming Attitudes: How We Develop the Views We Hold.
Persuasion: Using Messages to Change Attitudes.
Cognitive Dissonance: When Our Behavior Affects Our Attitudes.
6.Prejudice and Discrimination.
The Nature of Prejudice and Discrimination.
The Origins of Prejudice: Contrasting Perspectives.
Striking Back against Prejudice: Techniques That Can Help.
Prejudice Based on Gender: Its Nature and Effects.
7.Interpersonal Attraction: Friendship, Love, and Relationships.
Initial Factors in the Attraction Process.
Close Relationships: Friends and Romantic Partners.
8.Social Influence: Changing Others' Behavior.
Conformity: Group Influence in Action.
Compliance: To Ask—Sometimes—Is to Receive.
Obedience: Social Influence by Demand.
9.Helping and Hurting: The Nature of Prosocial Behavior and Aggression.
The Nature of Prosocial Behavior.
The Nature of Aggression.
10.Groups and Individuals: The Consequences of Belonging.
Groups: Their Nature and Function.
Groups and Task Performance.
Decision-Making by Groups.
Leadership: Patterns of Influence within Groups.
11.Applying Social Psychology to Law, Work, and Health.
Applying Social Psychology to the Legal System.
Applying Social Psychology to Business.
Applying Social Psychology to Health.
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