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Social Psychology

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January 2018 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Conformity, attraction, attitudes, aggression, and prejudice…
In our rapidly changing society, there are more reasons than ever to care about social psychology. 


Invite your students to discover social psychology’s relevance to their lives with Social Psychology, a new introduction to the field from award-winning teacher-researchers Tom Heinzen and Wind Goodfriend. The authors present social psychology as an evolving, science-driven conversation. Every chapter builds upon core questions central to scientific inquiry, while a methods-in-context approach cultivates psychological literacy. Heinzen and Goodfriend draw students in by weaving stories drawn from their own personal experiences with compelling examples from popular culture, all carefully placed in historical context. Because application is key, the book concludes with eight mini chapters on topics including behavioral economics, environmental sustainability, law and the courtroom, positive psychology, and more. Students will become active participants in the social psychology dialogue, finding their fascination with the field and realizing its significance in their daily lives and future careers.
 
 
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Social Psychology
What Is Social Psychology?  
What Are the Big Questions Within Social Psychology?  
Is Science a Valid Way to Learn About Complex Social Behavior?  
How Can Social Psychology Make My Life Better Now?  
 
Chapter 2. Research Methods
What Are the Elements of the Scientific Method?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Social Desirability  
How Do Social Psychologists Design Studies?  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Correlation and Causation in Harry Potter  
How Do Social Psychologists Analyze Their Results?  
How Can Research be Analyzed in Terms of Quality?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Questions Your Internal Review Board Might Ask  
 
Chapter 3. The Social Self
What Is the “Self?”  
How Do We Know the Self is Social?  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Self-Discrepancy Theory and Wonder Woman  
Why Do We Present Different Selves in Different Situations?  
Is the Truth Always the Self’s Friend?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Positive Illusions in Dating Relationships  
What is Self-Esteem and How Can We Measure It?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Rosenberg’s (1965) Self-Esteem Scale  
 
Chapter 4. Social Cognition
How Do We Think?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Need for Cognition  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Culture Influences How We Think  
How Do We Remember Social Information?  
Why Do Our Brains Sometimes Make Mistakes?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: The Maximization Scale  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Counterfactual Thinking in Spider-Man  
From Where Does Intuition Come?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: How Priming Can Test for Racism  
Can We Trust Our Intuition? The Role of Heuristics and Biases  
 
Chapter 5. Person Perception
How Do We Form Impressions of Others?  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Self-fulfilling Prophecies in Hollywood Films  
How Do We Communicate Nonverbally?  
How Do We Explain Other People’s Behavior?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Belief in a Just World  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Experimentally Manipulating Thoughts of Death  
Why Do We Misjudge One Another?  
 
Chapter 6. Attitudes and Persuasion
What Are Attitudes, and Do They Predict Behavior?  
From Where Do Attitudes Come?  
How Are Attitudes Measured?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: The Implicit Attitudes Test  
How Does Cognitive Dissonance Influence Attitudes?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: An Ingenious Method to Create Cognitive Dissonance  
How Do Attitudes Change?  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Persuasion of Juries in “My Cousin Vinny” vs. “A Time to Kill”  
What Persuasion Techniques Are Used to Change Attitudes?  
 
Chapter 7. Social Influence: Conformity, Social Roles, and Obedience
What Types of Social Influence Exist?  
Why and When Do We Choose to Conform?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Sherif and the Auto-Kinetic Effect  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Conformity  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Conformity in “Mean Girls” and “The DUFF”  
How Do Social Roles Change Our Behavior?  
What Can We Learn From Milgram’s Experiments on Authority?  
 
Chapter 8. Group Processes
Why Are Groups So Important to Us?  
Why Are We More Committed to Certain Groups?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Group Initiations Foster Group Commitment  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Rejection Sensitivity  
How Do Groups Help and Hinder Individual Effort?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Likelihood to be a Social Loafer  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Group Dynamics in The Justice League of America  
How Do Individuals Influence Groups?  
What Increases Group Creativity?  
 
Chapter 9. Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Why Do We Stereotype?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Dolls, Prejudice, Schools, and the Supreme Court  
How Do Stereotypes Turn Into Prejudices?  
Is Prejudice a Personality Problem?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring “Prejudiced” Personality Traits  
Has Prejudice Decreased Over Time?  
How Can We Reduce Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination?  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Prejudice Reduction in Remember the Titans  
 
Chapter 10. Helping & Prosocial Behavior
What Motivates People to Help Others, in General?  
We Help to Avoid Negative Emotions: Negative State Relief  
We Help Because We Care: The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Captain America – A Paragon of Prosocial Action  
Why Do Some People Help More Than Others?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Personality and Prosocial Behavior  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Prosocial Personality Traits  
What Circumstances Make Helping More or Less Likely?  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Kitty Genovese’s Story on Film  
 
Chapter 11. Aggression
What Does It Mean to Be “Aggressive?”  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Aggressive Tendencies  
Is Aggression Explained by Biological Instincts?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Low Heart Rate and Domestic Violence  
Is Aggression Explained by Cultural Influences?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Belief in a Culture of Honor  
Is Aggression Explained by Situational Influences?  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Aggression in the Movies  
How Can We Manage or Reduce Aggression?  
 
Chapter 12. Intimate Relationships
What Causes Attraction?  
Spotlight on Research Methods feature: Misattribution of Arousal in The Shaky Bridge Study  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Misattribution and Love in The Hunger Games  
What Makes Us Physically Attractive?  
Do We Have a Relationship Personality?  
Applying Social Psychology to Your Life feature: Measuring Your Attachment Style  
Social Psychology in Popular Culture feature: Attachment Theory in Harry Potter  
How Do We Decide to Commit?  
Do Men and Women Act Differently, and, if So, Why?  
 
Mini Application Chapters
 
Social Psychology and a Sustainable Environment
What are Threshold Effects, and Why Are They Important?  
What Happens When Environmental Thresholds Are Exceeded?  
 
Social Psychology of Law and the Courtroom
How Do Psychology and Law Fit Together?  
What Career Opportunities Unite Psychology and Law?  
 
Social Psychology of Stress and Health
How Do Environmental Stressors Influence Health and Healthcare?  
Managing Stress  
How Can Social Psychology Facilitate Adherence to Medical Advice?  
 
Social Psychology & Happiness: Positive Psychology
What Is Positive Psychology?  
What Are Historical and Upcoming Topics in Positive Social Psychology?  
 
Social Psychology and Behavioral Economics
What Is Behavioral Economics?  
How is Behavioral Economics Applied to Everyday Situations?  
 
Social Psychology and Relationship Violence
What Are Different Types of Relationship Violence?  
What is the Psychology of People Experiencing Relationship Violence?  
How Can Survivors Heal and Move Forward?  
 
Social Psychology of Work: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
What is Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and What Is Its History?  
What Content Areas Are Included in Industrial/Organizational Psychology?  
 
Social Psychology of Volunteerism and Internships
Why Do People Volunteer?  
How Do Internships Provide Career Guidance?  
 
Social Psychology and Personal Finance
How Does the Brain Make Decisions About Personal Finances?  
How Do Reference Points Influence Our Personal Financial Decisions?  
We Use Reference Points in the Face of Uncertainty  
Shopping, Reference Prices, and Discounts  
Happiness Requires a Reference Point  
 
Social Psychology and Forgiveness
What is the Difference Between Forgiveness and Reconciliation?  
What Social Forces Promote Forgiveness?  
How Can Forgiveness Research Apply to Everyday Situations?  
Forgiveness Within Intimate Relationships  
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • A storytelling approach rooted in case studies invites readers into the social psychology narrative through pop culture, helping students to learn history and theory conceptually as they read.
  • SAGE Premium Video curated and produced exclusively for this text brings concepts to life and appeals to diverse learners.
    • Live Action Ask the Expert clips provide an insider’s conversation with the elite experts of social psychology.
    • Animated Social Psychology in Action clips introduce and help students to comprehend key concepts from chapters via concrete examples and visual cues.
    • Key Concept Infographics aligned with learning objectives cover key concepts in a visually engaging manner.
  • Research methods is integrated into each chapter in the context of actual studies, in addition to having a complete standalone chapter. 
    • Marginal icons heighten student awareness of methodology and statistical terms.
    • Spotlights detail the methodologies of innovations or important studies so that students see not only what we know, but how we know, giving them the basic methodological skills they need to understand and evaluate psychological science.
  • Critical Thinking Challenges encourage class discussion and prompt students to relate to and reflect on material within the main narrative.
  • The Main Ideas sections provide succinct summaries in a bulleted format along with critical thinking challenges to ensure students retain key concepts as they read. 
  • Social Psychology in Popular Culture boxes illustrate irresistible pop culture examples that connect concepts to the media readers consume every day, allowing them to make direct connections about what they are learning to their own lives.
  • Applying Social Psych to Your Life boxes in each chapter allow students to take self-report measures of concepts (conformity, rejection sensitivity, belief in a justice world), making concepts more memorable and personally relevant.
  • Learning objectives paired with Core Questions relevant to scientific inquiry provide a framework for each chapter with answers to these questions, allowing students to engage with the content as a science-driven dialogue rather than a one-sided lecture.
  • A wealth of end-of-chapter material includes key terms, summaries, review questions, and personal reflections to give students the opportunity to quickly review and retain content covered.
  • Applied mini chapters offer coverage on a variety of topics in a shorter chapters, including behavioral economics, sustainability and environmentalism, law and the courtroom, stress and health, positive psychology, and more.

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