Social Psychology: Core Concepts and Emerging Trends

Social Psychology: Core Concepts and Emerging Trends

By: Daniel W. Barrett (author)Paperback

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Social Psychology provides in-depth coverage of the central theories, principles, concepts, and research as well as substantial exposure to newer developments in the field, including evolutionary, cross-cultural, positive, and social neuroscience approaches. Dan Barrett employs an accessible, and sometimes irreverent, writing style in an effort to present the field of social psychology as a narrative about exploration and discovery.

About Author

Daniel W. Barrett is a Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, and his B.A. from the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Prior to joining WCSU, Dr. Barrett served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. At WCSU, he has served as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and the Director of Faculty Advising. He is currently the President of the WCSU University Senate. His research interests are persuasion, social influence, and cross-cultural psychology.


Part I: Foundations of Social Psychology Chapter 1: Introducing Social Psychology The Mystery of Romantic Attraction Social Psychology Matters: Defining the Field Social Psychology and the Quest for Human Nature The Evolving Nature of Social Psychology: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Principle Matters: Social Psychology's Guiding Principles Science Matters: Social Psychology is a Science Doing Research: An Introduction to Research Methods Final Thoughts: Social Psychology and Human Nature Revisited Chapter 2: The Social Brain The Case of Phineas Gage What Is the Brain Origins of the Social Brain Anatomy of the Brain Chromosome, Genes, and DNA Doing Research: Methods of Social Neuroscience Social Neuroscience and the Fundamental Questions Final Thoughts: Evolution, Brain Plasticity, and Culture Part II: Thinking About the Self and Others Chapter 3: Social Cognition Believing is Seeing The Psychology of Social Thinking The Nature of Social Cognition The Dual Mind: Automatic and Controlled Processing Heuristics: Mental Shortcuts Doing Research: Reliability and Validity Motivated Reasoning Culture and Cognition Final Thoughts: Free Will and Rationality Revisited Chapter 4: What Is the Self? The Many "Me's" of the Self What Is the Self: The Self as Thinker and the Thought Knowing Who We Are: Introspection and Self-Perception Doing Research: Questioning Self-Reports and Surveys Evaluating How We Are Doing Self-Presentation: Displaying Oneself Self-Regulation: Controlling Oneself Final Thoughts: The Paradox of the Self Chapter 5: Social Perception "Nice to Meet You. You're Hired!" Job Interviews in Seconds Impression Formation Biases in Social Perception Nonverbal Communication and Emotional Expressions Doing Research: The Challenges of Cross-Cultural Studies Detecting Deception How Observations Can Fail Us: Four Cognitive Illusions: Control, Gambling, Shooting Streaks, and Imagined Associations Attributions: Determining the Causes of Behavior Final Thoughts: Sex Categorization and Free Will Part III: Interpersonal Influence Chapter 6: Social Influence Good People Turning Bad Types of Social Influence Six Principles of Interpersonal Influence The Principle of Reciprocity Conformity and the Social Validation Principle Obedience and the Authority Principle Doing Research: Deception and Ethics in Research Obedience in the 21st Century: Milgram Revisited Final Thoughts: The Upsides of Compliance, Obedience, and Conformity Chapter 7: Attitudes and Persuasion When Prophecies Fail The Nature of Attitudes The Origins of Attitudes Two Routes to Persuasion Elements of Persuasion The Effects of Attitudes on Behavior Doing Research: Measuring Attitudes Cognitive Consistency and the Effects of Behavior on Attitudes Final Thoughts: Resisting Persuasion Part IV: Moral Behavior Chapter 8: Helping The Nature of Helping Behavior Why We Help Origins of Helping Behavior When Do We Help? Doing Research: Safeguarding Research Participants The Empathy-Altruism Relationship Person Factors Affecting Helping Who Gets Helped? Final Thoughts: A Broader View of Helping Chapter 9: Aggression Mass Shootings The Nature of Aggression The Origins of Aggression When Do We Aggress? The General Aggression Model Doing Research: Archival Studies of Historical Aggression Person Factors Affecting Aggression The Route to Aggression: From Inputs to Outputs Reducing Aggression Final Thoughts: The Multiple Causes of Aggression Part V: Affiliative Behavior Chapter 10: Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination Anti-Immigrant Attitudes Around the Globe The Nature of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination The Three Waves of Research on Racism The Origins of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination Social Identity Theory Contextual Factors Doing Research: Measuring Implicit Attitudes Person Factors Specific Types of Intergroup Bias The Effects of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination Overcoming Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination Final Thoughts: The Changing Landscape of Prejudice Chapter 11: Affiliation and Love Friends with Benefits The Nature of Affiliation and Love Contextual Factors Who is Attractive? Evolutionary Perspective on Mate Selection What is Love? Doing Research: Examining Interpersonal Relationships Relationship Satisfaction Dating in the Virtual World Final Thoughts: Does Facebook Make You Lonely? Chapter 12: Group Processes Sports-Related Riots The Nature of Groups Key Features of Groups Groups and Behavior Losing Onself in the Group: Deindividuation Group Decision Making Doing Research: Case Studies Minority Influence Leadership Final Thoughts: Crowd Wisdom and Smart Mobs Part VI: Emerging Topics in Social Psychology Chapter 13: Three Emerging Trends: The Social Psychology of Happiness, Religion, and Sustainability The Intersection of Happiness, Religion, and Sustainability The Social Psychology of Happiness The Nature of Happiness The Antecedents and Benefits of Happiness Doing Research: Generalizing to the Real World The Social Psychology of Religion The Nature of Religious Belief Origins and Benefits of Religious Belief The Social Psychology of Sustainability Final Thoughts: Subjective Well-Being and Sustainability Glossary References Author Index Subject Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781506310602
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 696
  • ID: 9781506310602
  • weight: 1000
  • ISBN10: 1506310605

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