Social Psychology: Unraveling the Mystery

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This text offers the first truly integrative presentation of the field of social psychology. Kenrick, Neuberg, and Cialdini employ two central themes to accomplish this big-picture, integrated view of social psychology: (1) Social behaviour is goal-directed; (2) Social behaviour is the result of interactions between the person and the situation.*Each chapter follows the same format, guided by major themes that help tie the field together: - The goal directed nature of human behaviour - The interaction of the person and the situation *Solid research base, with the most current research available. In addition to covering the traditional perspectives and findings of social psychology, this book includes extensive coverage of evolutionary psychology, cultural similarities and differences, and gender.

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Offering the first truly integrated presentation of social psychology, this innovative book uses two central themes to provide a big-picture view. To capture the excitement of discovery and mystery that surrounds the science of social behavior, the authors use the metaphor of social psychologist as detective. Each chapter opens with a mystery -- a real life example of human behavior - and lets the solution unfold throughout the chapter with the help of basic principles and findings of social psychological research. Compelling themes, cutting edge scholarship and lively writing combine to make this an appealing and distinguished introduction to the field.

The two central themes of this book are (1) social behavior is goal directed; and 2) social behavior is the result of interactions between the person and the situation. The book begins by describing the field, then moves on to discuss the systems that affect social behavior; social cognition; self-presentation; persuasion; social influence; affiliation, love, and romantic relationships; prosocial and aggressive behavior; prejudice; groups; and global social dilemmas. For anyone who wants to understand social behavior and why people act the way they do.

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Douglas T. Kenrick is a professor at Arizona State University. He received his B.A. from Dowling College and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He taught at Montana State University for four years before returning to ASU. His research has been published in a number of places, including Psychological Review, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, American Psychologist, Handbook of Social Psychology, Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Review. With John Seamon, he coauthored Psychology (1994). He has taught a graduate course on teaching psychology, and he thoroughly enjoys teaching undergraduate sections of social psychology.

 

Steven L. Neuberg received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his graduate degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University. He spent a postdoctoral year at the University of Waterloo in Canada and has since taught at Arizona State University. Neuberg’s research has been published in journals such as Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science, and has long been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. He has received a half dozen teaching honors, including his college’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the ASU Honors College Outstanding Honors Disciplinary Faculty Award. He has served on federal grant review panels and as associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and teaches a graduate course on teaching social psychology.

 

Robert B. Cialdini is a Regents Professor at Arizona State University, where he has also been named Graduate Distinguished Professor. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina. He is a past president of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and has received the Society’s award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions. His research has appeared in numerous publications, including Handbook of Social Psychology, Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His book, Influence: Science and Practice, has sold over a million copies and has appeared in 20 languages.

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