Social psychology (7th ed )


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For an undergraduate introductory level course in social psychology.

Research made relevant through a storytelling approach.

This renowned text maintains its acclaimed storytelling approach to convey the science of social psychology while making research relevant to students. The authors bring the material under study to life through real-world examples that capture students' attention and motivate further exploration. Paying particular attention to the classic research that has driven the field and introducing cutting-edge research that is the future of Social Psychology, Aronson/Wilson/Akert provide a firm foundation for students to build their understanding of this rigorous science in a way that engages and fascinates.

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Chapter 1

Introducing Social Psychology

What Is Social Psychology?

The Power of Social Interpretation

How Else Can We Understand Social Influence?

Social Psychology Compared with Personality Psychology

Social Psychology Compared with Sociology

The Power of Social Influence

Underestimating the Power of Social Influence

The Subjectivity of the Social Situation

Where Construals Come From: Basic Human Motives

The Self-Esteem Approach: The Need to Feel Good About Ourselves

The Social Cognition Approach: The Need to Be Accurate

Additional Motives

Social Psychology and Social Problems


Chapter 2

Methodology: How Social Psychologists Do Research

Social Psychology: an Empirical Science

Formulating Hypotheses and Theories

Inspiration from Earlier Theories and Research

Hypotheses Based on Personal Observations

The Observational Method: Describing Social Behavior

Archival Analysis

Limits of the Observational Method

The Correlational Method: Predicting Social Behavior


CONNECTIONS: Random Selection in Political Polls

Limits of the Correlational Method: Correlation Does Not Equal Causation

The Experimental Method: Answering Causal Questions

Independent and Dependent Variables

Internal Validity in Experiments

External Validity in Experiments

Basic Versus Applied Research


Culture and Social Psychology

The Evolutionary Approach

Social Neuroscience

Ethical Issues in Social Psychology

Guidelines for Ethical Research


Chapter 3

Social Cognition: How We Think about the Social World

On Automatic Pilot: Low-Effort Thinking

People as Everyday Theorists: Automatic Thinking with Schemas

Mental Strategies and Shortcuts

The Power of Unconscious Thinking

Cultural Differences in Social Cognition

Controlled Social Cognition: High-Effort Thinking

Mentally Undoing the Past: Counterfactual Reasoning

Thought Suppression and Ironic Processing

Improving Human Thinking

The Amadou Diallo Case Revisited


Chapter 4

Social Perception: How We Come to Understand Other People

Nonverbal Behavior

Facial Expressions of Emotion

Culture and the Channels of Nonverbal Communication

Multichannel Nonverbal Communication

CONNECTIONS: The E-Mail Dilemma Communicating without Nonverbal Cues

Implicit Personality Theories: Filling In the Blanks

Culture and Implicit Personality Theories

Causal Attribution: Answering the 'Why' Question

The Nature of the Attribution Process

The Covariation Model: Internal versus External Attributions

The Correspondence Bias: People as Personality Psychologists

CONNECTIONS: Police Interrogations and the Correspondence Bias

Culture and the Correspondence Bias

The Actor/Observer Difference

Self-Serving Attributions

Culture and Other Attributional Biases


Chapter 5

The Self: Understanding Ourselves in a Social Context


Cultural Differences in Defining the Self

Gender Differences in Defining the Self