In the Spring of 1997, a remarkable group of social psychologists came together at Yosemite National Park to reflect upon the field which they have been so instrumental in creating. This edited collection brings together the reflections of the nine scholars who spoke at the Yosemite conference that day and marks the 100th anniversary of Tripplet's seminal study of bicycle racers,an experiment which has often been cited as the beginning of modern experimental social psychology. The contributors: Elliot Aronson, Leonard Berkowitz, Morton Deutsch, Harold Gerard, Harold Kelley, Albert Pepitone, Bertram Raven, Robert Zajonc, and Philip Zimbardo have not only observed the development of this burgeoning discipline, collectively, they have played an essential role in crafting its young legacy.The book begins with personal histories of the researchers. Being that these personal histories are, in fact, closely connected to the most significant people, labouratories and conceptual trends of the field, these reminiscences are much more than simply histories of the course of particular individuals' lives they are at the same time histories of the discipline itself. Subsequent chapters turn to the field's historical roots: its origins, course of theories, methods, and approaches. But all chapters share a common theme: an examination of the ways that the lives and experiences of social psychology's most prominent living scholars have helped to shape the history of the field itself.
Aroldo Rodrigues is professor of psychology at California State University, Fresno. Robert V. Levine professor and chair of psychology at California State University, Fresno.
* Introduction Aroldo Rodrigues and Robert Levine * A Personal Perspective on the Development of Social Psychology in the 20th Century Morton Deutsch * The Yale Connection: Behaviorism with a Conscience Philip Zimbardo * A Biased and Idiosyncratic Vision of Experimental Social Psychology At Its Best Elliot Aronson * Fifty Years in Social Psychology: Some Reflections on the Individual-Group Problem Harold Kelley * Changes in the Focus of Mainstream Social Psychology: Some Speculations Leonard Berkowitz * Panning in the Golden Age Albert Pepitone * Interpersonal Influence and Social Power in Experimental Social Psychology Bertram Raven * One Hundred Years of Social Psychological Assumptions About Peoples Rationality Robert Zajonc * Using Psychoanalysis to Bring Personal Experience into Social Psychology Harold Gerard * A Personal Perspective on the Development of Social Psychology in the 20th Century, Morton Deutsch * Fifty Years in Social Psychology: Some Reflections on the Individual-Group Problem, Harold H. Kelley * A Social-Psychologist Examines His Past and Looks to the Future, Harold B. Gerard * Adventures in Experimental Social Psychology: Roots, Branches, and Sticky New Leaves, Elliot Aronson * Reflections on Interpersonal Influence and Social Power in Experimental Social Psychology, Bertram H. Raven * Experimental Social Psychology: Behaviorism with Minds and Matters, Philip G. Zimbardo * On the Changes in U.S. Social Psychology: Some Speculations, Leonard Berkowitz * Historical Sketches and Critical Commentary about Social Psychology in the Golden Age, Albert Pepitone * One Hundred Years of Rationality Assumptions in Social Psychology, Robert B. Zajonc * Afterword: Reflecting on Reflections, Robert V. Levine and Aroldo Rodrigues