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Essential Social Psychology

Essential Social Psychology

Third Edition
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Psychology | Social Psychology | Sociology

June 2017 | 432 pages | SAGE Texts

Helps readers build a strong groundwork through easy and accessible discussion on essential theories and research in social psychology. 

The third edition to this well-acclaimed textbook offers a lively introduction to the major theoretical debates, new approaches, and findings in the discipline. The concise yet well-rounded chapters cover the classic and contemporary studies incorporating a range of approaches—from evolution to neuroscience, from critical to qualitative perspectives. By thoroughly integrating latest research from the field, Essential Social Psychology encourages readers to develop critical insights to the topics and identify their application to real-world issues. 

Feature Highlights

· Dedicated chapters on Applied Social Psychology and Social Psychological Methods

· Coverage of developing research perspectives on social neuroscience and evolutionary psychology

·‘Back to the Real World’ textboxes to situate academic findings in the context of the real world

· Extensive range of learning aids—cases and examples, summary sections, memory maps, assignments, and so on.



A Guided Tour
Publisher’s Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: History, Methods and Approaches
A History
Research Methods
Research Ethics
Chapter 2: Attribution
The Naive Scientist
Attribution Theory
Making Attributions
Attributional Biases
Attribution and Social Processes
Social Representations
Chapter 3: Social Cognition
The Cognitive Miser Versus the Naive Scientist
The Motivated Tactician
Social Categorization
Dual Process Theories
Chapter 4: Attitudes
Attitude Formation
Attitudes and Behaviour
Attitude Change
Chapter 5: Social Influence
Social Norms
Minority Influence
Social Impact Theory
Chapter 6: Group Processes
Chapter 7: Self and Identity
Organization of Self-knowledge
Theories of Self-concept Maintenanc
Cultural Differences in Self and Identity
Chapter 8: Prejudice
Prejudice: Old and New
Individual Differences in Prejudice
Reducing Prejudice
Chapter 9: Intergroup Relations
Theories of Intergroup Relations
Improving Intergroup Relations
Chapter 10: Aggression
Theories of Aggression
Person-Centred Determinants of Aggression
Situation-Centred Determinants of Aggression
Forms of Aggression in Society
Chapter 11: Prosocial Behaviour
What is Prosocial Behaviour?
Origins of Prosocial Behaviour
Situation-centred Determinants of Helping
Perceiver-Centred Determinants of Helping
Recipient-Centred Determinants of Helping
Receiving Help
Chapter 12: Affiliation and Attraction
Interpersonal Attraction
Chapter 13: Friendship and Love
Romantic Relationships
Relationship Satisfaction and Commitment
Chapter 14: Applications
A History of Applying Social Psychology

Richard J. Crisp

Richard Crisp is a Professor of Psychology at the Aston Business School. He read Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and carried out his doctoral research at Cardiff University. In 1999 he took up his first lecturing position at the University of Birmingham, then in 2007 took up his first Chair in the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent. After a three-year term as Head of School, in 2012 he was appointed Chair in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. He moved to his current position at the Aston Business School in 2014. Richard’s research has covered the full range of topics that comprise... More About Author

Rhiannon N. Turner

Rhiannon Turner is a Professor of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast. She did her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, her MSc at the University of Kent, and her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford. In 2006, she was awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham, before taking up a lectureship at the University of Leeds in 2007. She moved to her current position at Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. The main focus of her research is intergroup relations, with a particular interest in direct and indirect forms of contact (such as extended and imagined contact, and nostalgic recall of contact) as means... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789386446138