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Essays in Social Psychology

About the Series

Essays in Social Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in social psychology.

Primary topics will include social cognition, interpersonal relationships, group processes, and intergroup relations, as well as applied issues.

Furthermore, the series seeks to define social psychology in its broadest sense, encompassing all topics either informed by, or informing, the study of individual behavior and thought in social situations.

Each volume in the series will make a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.

The principal aim is that authors will provide an overview of their own highly successful research program in an area.

It is also expected that volumes will, to some extent, include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.

Each book will be a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a well-structured review of the work described and evaluated.

12 Series Titles

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Cooperation in Groups Procedural Justice, Social Identity, and Behavioral Engagement

Cooperation in Groups: Procedural Justice, Social Identity, and Behavioral Engagement

1st Edition

By Tom Tyler, Steven Blader
June 28, 2018

This important new book explores the psychological motives that shape the extent and nature of people's cooperative behavior in the groups, organizations and societies to which they belong. Individuals may choose to expend a great deal of effort on promoting the goals and functioning of the group, ...

Motivated Cognition in Relationships The Pursuit of Belonging

Motivated Cognition in Relationships: The Pursuit of Belonging

1st Edition

By Sandra L. Murray, John G. Holmes
March 09, 2017

How can newlyweds believe they will be together forever, while knowing that the majority of marriages end in divorce? Why do people who desperately want to be loved end up alienating those who love them? How can partners that seem like complete opposites end up blissfully happy? This volume ...

Conceptual Metaphor in Social Psychology The Poetics of Everyday Life

Conceptual Metaphor in Social Psychology: The Poetics of Everyday Life

1st Edition

By Mark J. Landau
December 13, 2016

We learn in grade school that metaphor is an ornamental figure of speech reserved for poets. But we now know that it is also a key strategy people use to make sense of the world, from basic concepts like time and causation to the major social issues facing society. In this book, Mark Landau ...

Nostalgia A Psychological Resource

Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource

1st Edition

By Clay Routledge
October 08, 2015

Nostalgia is a topic that most lay people are familiar with, but, until recently, few social scientists understood. Once viewed as a disease, nostalgia is now considered to be an important psychological resource. It involves revisiting personally cherished memories that involve close others. When ...

Standards and Expectancies Contrast and Assimilation in Judgments of Self and Others

Standards and Expectancies: Contrast and Assimilation in Judgments of Self and Others

1st Edition

By Monica Biernat
September 11, 2014

This book examines how standards and expectancies affect judgments of others and the self. Standards are points of comparison, expectancies are beliefs about the future, and both serve as frames of reference against which current events and people (including the self) are experienced. The central ...

Reducing Intergroup Bias The Common Ingroup Identity Model

Reducing Intergroup Bias: The Common Ingroup Identity Model

1st Edition

By Samuel L. Gaertner, John F. Dovidio
July 17, 2014

Considers situations and interventions that can foster more inclusive representation and ways, both theoretically and practically, and that a common ingroup identity can facilitate more harmonious intergroup relations....

The Psychology of Closed Mindedness

The Psychology of Closed Mindedness

1st Edition

By Arie W. Kruglanski
June 09, 2014

The fundamental phenomenon of human closed-mindedness is treated in this volume. Prior psychological treatments of closed-mindedness have typically approached it from a psychodynamic perspective and have viewed it in terms of individual pathology. By contrast, the present approach stresses the ...

Self-theories Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development

Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development

1st Edition

By Carol S. Dweck
January 01, 2000

This innovative text sheds light on how people work -- why they sometimes function well and, at other times, behave in ways that are self-defeating or destructive. The author presents her groundbreaking research on adaptive and maladaptive cognitive-motivational patterns and shows:* How ...

When Groups Meet The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact

When Groups Meet: The Dynamics of Intergroup Contact

1st Edition

By Thomas F. Pettigrew, Linda R. Tropp
March 25, 2011

Research and theory on intergroup contact have become one of the fastest advancing and most exciting fields in social psychology in recent years. The work is exciting because it combines basic social psychological concerns -- human interaction, situational influences on behavior -- with an ...

Complex Interpersonal Conflict Behaviour Theoretical Frontiers

Complex Interpersonal Conflict Behaviour: Theoretical Frontiers

1st Edition

By Evert Van der Vliert
October 01, 1997

This book is about reactions to interpersonal conflict such as avoiding, negotiating, and fighting. It breaks away from the prevailing assumption that conflict behaviours are mutually isolated reactions having mutually isolated effects. Instead, reactions are viewed as components of complex ...

The Uncertain Mind Individual Differences in Facing the Unknown

The Uncertain Mind: Individual Differences in Facing the Unknown

1st Edition

By Richard M. Sorrentino, Christopher J.R. Roney
January 01, 2000

This book discusses individual differences in how people react to uncertainty. The authors show that while some people are relatively comfortable dealing with uncertainty and strive to resolve it (uncertainty-oriented), others are more likely to avoid uncertainty, preferring the familiar or the ...

Self-Insight Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself

Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself

1st Edition

By David Dunning
August 16, 2012

People base thousands of choices across a lifetime on the views they hold of their skill and moral character, yet a growing body of research in psychology shows that such self-views are often misguided or misinformed. Anyone who has dealt with others in the classroom, in the workplace, in the ...

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