In Case Studies in Social Psychology, brief entertaining case stories demonstrate the historical context and evolution of major theories within the field. Thomas Heinzen and Wind Goodfriend employ a mix of unique, contemporary research and hallmark studies to encourage the reader to think about foundational course concepts in new and meaningful ways, encouraging discussion and deeper critical thinking.
Preface: To Students and Their Teachers Chapter 1 Introduction to Social Psychology 1.1 Does Corruption Corrupt? 1.2 An Error of Intuition: Bloodletting and Purging 1.3 Decision Making: Sex and the Power of the Situation Chapter 2 Research Methods 2.1 Gang Leader for a Day: There's More Than One Way to Know 2.2 The Pump Handle Affair: Correlations Can Be Clues 2.3 The Experimental Impulse During the Salem Witch Trials: Why Procedures Matter Chapter 3 The Social Self 3.1 Who's Talking Now? Facilitated Communication and the Ouija Board Self 3.2 Personhood Versus Malignant Social Psychology 3.3 Does My Bump Look Big in This? The Pregnant Self 3.4 The Disappearing Self: Phineas Gage's Horse-Drawn Stagecoach Chapter 4 Social Cognition 4.1 Intuition in the NICU 4.2 Strange Symptoms and Dual Processing 4.3 Schema Mode Therapy: The Case of Defenseless Jimmy Chapter 5 Person Perception 5.1 Tell Me the Truth-Am I Too Pretty? Marilyn Monroe and the Halo Effect 5.2 From Street Kid to Magician to Scholar: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Robert Merton 5.3 Pygmalion in the Classroom: The Slow Creation of a Classic Study 5.4 The Rock in the Coffin: Managing Fear of Death Chapter 6 Attitudes and Persuasion 6.1 When Prophecy Fails: Prelude to the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance 6.2 When Prophecy Fails: Alien Apocalypse 6.3 Where Have All the Addicts Gone? Three Predictors Are Better Than One Chapter 7 Social Influence 7.1 Mods and Rockers: A Moral Panic 7.2 More Than Obedience: Disturbing New Data From the Shock Experiments 7.3 Big Fish Eat Small Fish: Social Coordination in a Violent World Chapter 8 Group Processes 8.1 More Than a Game: The Prisoner's Dilemma 8.2 Social Rejection: A Case Study of 13 School Shootings 8.3 On the Shoulders of Giant Women: The First Computer Programmers Chapter 9 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination 9.1 Economic Anxiety and the Forced Deportation of U.S. Citizens 9.2 Institutional Discrimination: The Accidental Conspiracy at Erasmus High 9.3 Footnote 11: After the Doll Studies Chapter 10 Helping and Prosocial Behavior 10.1 Insects, Vampire Bats, Prairie Dogs, and Fish: Altruism in Animals 10.2 The Bacon Truce: Zig-Zags and the Development of Cooperation 10.3 The Subway Samaritan: The Mathematics of Relative Altruism Chapter 11 Aggression 11.1 Doloreisa's Story: Aggression, Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking 11.2 The Great Train Robbery: Violence as Entertainment 11.3 "I Could Just Kill Them!" Fantasies About Murder 11.4 The Cinderella Effect Chapter 12 Intimate Relationships 12.1 Religion and Marriage Counseling 12.2 Male Victims of Relationship Abuse 12.3 Happily Ever After: Ingredients to a Long, Happy Marriage References Index