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Social Psychology, Fifth Canadian Edition, captures the excitement of social psychology for students in Canada by presenting the field in a Canadian context. It combines classic and cutting-edge Canadian research in an unparalleled way, with a much-praised "story-telling approach" that makes the content more tangible and interesting to students.
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Elliot Aronson is one of the most renowned social psychologists in the world. In 2002 he was chosen as one of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the twentieth century. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Dr. Aronson is the only person in the 110-year history of the American Psychological Association to have received all three of its major awards: for distinguished writing, distinguished teaching, and distinguished research. Many other professional societies have honoured his research and teaching as well. These include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which gave him its highest honour, the Distinguished Scientific Research award; the American Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, which named him Professor of the Year of 1989; and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, which awarded him the Gordon Allport prize for his contributions to the reduction of prejudice among racial and ethnic groups. In 1992, he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Tim Wilson received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Currently Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, he has published numerous articles in the areas of introspection, attitude change, self-knowledge, and affective forecasting, as well as the recent book Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious. His research has received the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Mental Health. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and a member of the Social and Groups Processes Review Committee at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been elected twice to the Executive Board of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and is a fellow in the American Psychological Society and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Wilson has taught the Introduction to Social Psychology course at the University of Virginia for more than 20 years. In 2001 he was awarded an All University Outstanding Teaching Award.
Beverley Fehr graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Winnipeg where she was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest standing in psychology. She received her M.A. (under the guidance of Jim Russell) and her Ph.D. (under the guidance of Dan Perlman) from the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral thesis on lay people’s conceptions of love and commitment won the Iowa/International Network for the Study of Personal Relationships Dissertation Prize. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of emotion and close relationships. Her book Friendship Processes (1996) was awarded the 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Dr Fehr's research is supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fetzer Institute. She is past president of the International Association for Relationships Research, has served
as associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.
Robin Akert graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she majored in psychology and sociology. She received her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Princeton University. She is currently a professor of psychology at Wellesley College, where she was awarded the Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching early in her career. She publishes primarily in the area of nonverbal communication and recently received the AAUW American Fellowship in support of her research. She has taught the social psychology course at Wellesley College every semester for nearly 30 years.Review:
“In my experience, students have provided a lot of positive feedback on Aronson, so I think that validates my own view that it is a well written text.”
--Tom Murphy, University of Western Ontario
“I really like the Canadian content in the book. It helps as the examples and research are not all American–especially the content about Aboriginal People is helpful for understanding the Canadian context...I think the text is a good resource that provides all basic content. The writing style helps ‘excite’ students to this area of psychology.”
--Sue Ludwig, Grant MacEwan University
“I like the Social Psychology in Action chapters, other textbooks do not have these and I feel it is very beneficial to put the concepts discussed in a ‘real life’ setting.”
--Kim O’Neil, Carleton University
“I love this book. It is very well-organized and extremely well-written. The topics are covered in sufficient depth for an undergraduate class. There is a nice balance between theoretical discussion and presentation of research findings. I also like the transitions from classical to current research studies. There are many topical examples used throughout the text. This along with the emphasis on Canadian content helps keep the students engaged and provides a great springboard for in-class discussions. I find the margin definitions, highlighted key terms and the ‘Try It’ and ‘Connections’ features are all very effective pedagogical tools.”--Theresa Bianco, Concordia University
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