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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 South Asia

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 Professor of Social Psychology at Durham University. He read Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and carried out his doctoral research at Cardiff University. In addition to Durham University Richard has held positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Kent and Sheffield as well as the Aston Business School. Richard’s research has covered the full range of topics that comprise social psychology, from the formation and reduction of prejudice, to the self and identity processes involved in interpersonal relations, from mere exposure and attitude formation, to stereotyping and social categorization. He has... More About Author

Rhiannon N. Turner

Rhiannon Turner is Professor of Social Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast. She did her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, her Master’s degree at the University of Kent, her doctoral research at the University of Oxford, and her postdoctoral research at the University of Birmingham. In 2007, she took up a lectureship at the University of Leeds, and she was appointed Chair 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, online, and imagined contact, and nostalgic recall of contact) as a means of... More About Author

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