Exploring Social Psychology

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Exploring Social Psychology provides a brief and economical introduction to social psychology, which presents concepts and findings in smaller bites - 30 modules that are crisp, concise, and ideally suited to students' attention spans. Written in the engaging Myers style the text attempts to reveal social psychology as an investigative reporter might, by providing a current summary of important social phenomena by showing how social psychology uncovers and explains such phenomena and by reflecting on their human significance. By focusing on humanly significant issues such as belief and illusion, independence and interdependence, love and hate, Myers presents social psychology in ways that inform and stimulate all students, not just future social psychologists. In addition, Module topics focus on the scope social psychology and on highlighting the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

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David G. Myers is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, where students have voted him "Outstanding Professor." Myers' love of teaching psychology is manifest in his writings for the lay public. His articles have appeared in two-dozen magazines and he has authored or co-authored ten books, including The Pursuit of Happiness (Avon, 1993) and The American Paradox (Yale University Press, 2000).

Also an award-winning researcher, Myers received the Gordon Allport Prize from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association for his work on group polarization. His scientific articles have appeared in more than two-dozen journals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Science, and the American Psychologist. He has served his discipline as consulting editor to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

In his spare time he has chaired his city's Human Relations Commission, helped found a community action agency which assists impoverished families, and spoken to dozens of collegiate and religious groups. David and Carol Myers are parents of two sons and a daughter.

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