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An Introduction to Social Psychology

An Introduction to Social Psychology
Global Perspectives

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August 2014 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Psychology recognises no borders. The relationships between people and the groups they form are determined by similar principles no matter where in the world they come from. This book has been written to introduce students from all countries and backgrounds to the exciting field of social psychology. Recognising the limitations that come from studying the subject through the lens of any one culture, James Alcock and Stan Sadava have crafted a truly international social psychology book for the modern era.

Based on classic and cutting-edge scholarship from across the world, An Introduction to Social Psychology encourages mastery of the basics as well as critical thinking. Incorporating relevant insights from social neuroscience, evolutionary theory and positive psychology, it offers:

  • Chapters on crowd behaviour and applied social psychology
  • Discussion of new means of social interaction, including social media
  • Relevant insights from social neuroscience, evolutionary theory and positive psychology
  • A companion website features extensive additional resources for students and instructors
Part I: Introducing Social Psychology
Chapter 1: Studying Social Behaviour
Part II: Understanding Your Social World
Chapter 2: Social Perception and Cognition
Chapter 3: The Social Self
Chapter 4: Attitudes, Ideologies and Values
Part III: Influencing Others
Chapter 5: Attitude Change
Chapter 6: Social Influence
Chapter 7: Language and Communication
Part IV: Friends and Foes
Chapter 8: Interpersonal Attraction and Close Relationships
Chapter 9: Prosocial Behaviour
Chapter 10: Cooperation and Conflict
Chapter 11: Aggression
Part V: People in Groups
Chapter 12: Social Identity, Groups and Leadership
Chapter 13: Prejudice
Chapter 14: Crowds and Collective Behaviour
Part VI: Social Psychology in Action
Chapter 15: Applied Social Psychology


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For Lecturers:

  • PowerPoint slides per chapter
  • Instructor's Manual
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answer questions

For Students:

  • Quizzes
  • Essay questions
  • Flashcards

A useful, all round introduction to social psychology.

Ms Sinead Bracken
Nursing , Athlone Institute of Technology
February 24, 2015

In our opinion, the book is too difficult to read and inaccesible to 100-level students. The book lacks a clear overview.

Miss Shilaan Alzahawi
Erasmus University College, Erasmus University Rotterdam
February 23, 2015

While it covers all topics within social psychology it does so purely from the mainstream cognitive position. Including global perspectives as part of the title seems inaccurate.

Dr Fiona McSweeney
Social Science , Dublin Institute of Technology
January 26, 2015

A highly accessible textbook, recommended reading.

Mrs Karen Eaton-thomas
School of social justice and inclusion, University of Wales, Trinity St David
January 16, 2015

Current book in use is good

Professor Elisabeth Naima Mikkelsen
Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
December 16, 2014

I do like its global perspective - too many books are US focused. So far, recommended. When the focus of my current course changes, may well become essential

Dr Cathy Roberts
Faculty, Syracuse University London
December 8, 2014

excellent overview of main topics re/Social Psychology, perhaps a bit too much text

Professor Bettina Schleidt
Applied Psychology, SRH University
November 13, 2014

I found this book interesting and informative. I found the Learning objectives at the start of each chapter very useful along with the highlighted key points. What I believe my students would find particularly useful are the web sites listed for further information.

Miss Kelly Murphy
Humanities , Merthyr Tydfil College
October 3, 2014

Essential reading for General Medicine students, 1st year, for the following courses:
- Behavioral sciences
- Medical sociology
- Basis of communication
- Medical Psychology

It has a broad spectrum of topics that covers all the major fields of interest and expertise and all the basic skills and attitudes that we teach and develop in medical students, when it comes to relating to the patient as an individual, to the patient's family, to the community, fellow professionals and society as a whole, developing also a transcultural perspective on social psychology.

Thank you for the valuable addition to our students' library!

Miss Dana Herta
Medical Psychology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Iuliu Hatieganu" Cluj-Napoca
September 12, 2014

A great book as an introduction to social psychology. Will be recommending it to my students.

Dr Marguerita Magennis
Education , Univ of Limerick, Mary Immaculate Coll
August 29, 2014

James Alcock

James Alcock is Professor of Psychology at Glendon College, York University, Canada. More About Author

Stan Sadava

Stan Sadava is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Brock University, Canada. More About Author

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