This book showcases 28 intriguing social psychological experiments that have significantly advanced our understanding of human social thinking and behavior. Each chapter focuses on the details and implications of a single study, while citing related research and real-life examples along the way. All the chapters are fully self-contained, allowing them to be read in any order without loss of coherence. This 2nd Edition contains a number of new studies and, together with its lively, conversational tone, it makes an ideal text for courses in social psychology, introductory psychology, or research design.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Going Along to Get Along: Conforming to Group Norms 2. Clashing Cognitions: When Actions Prompt Attitudes 3. Baptism of Fire: When Suffering Leads to Liking 4. Just Following Orders: A Shocking Demonstration of Obedience to Authority 5. "Who, Me?": The Failure of Bystanders to Intervene in Emergencies 6. Of Roaches and Men: Social Enhancement and Inhibition of Performance 7. Us and Them: Discrimination on the Basis of Trivial Social Categorization 8. The Sauntering Samaritan: When Context Conquers Character 9. Taking the Magic Out of the Markers: The Hidden Cost of Rewards 10. The Burglar’s Situation: Actor-Observer Differences in Explaining Behavior 11. We’re Number One!: Basking in Others’ Glory 12. Hooded Hoodlums: The Role of Deindividuation in Antisocial Behavior 13. Familiarity Breeds Liking: The Endearing Effects of Mere Exposure 14. Strangers to Ourselves: The Shortcomings of Introspection 15. What Did You Expect? The Behavioral Confirmation of the Physical Attractiveness Stereotype 16. The Calvinist’s Conundrum: Unconsciously Engineering Good Omens17. Believing is Seeing: Partisan Perceptions of Media Bias 18. Love Thy Neighbor or Thyself?: Empathy as a Source of Altruism 19. When Two Become One: Expanding the Self to Include the Other 20. The Eye Is Quicker than the Mind: Believing Precedes Disbelieving 21. Mythical Memories: Reconstructing the Past in the Present 22. Pitfalls of Purpose: Ironic Processes in Mood Control 23. Digital Diagnosis: Technical Tools for Unearthing the Unconscious 24. Frames of Mind: Taking Risks or Playing Safe? 25. The Wrath of the Rejected: Being Shut Out Makes One Lash Out 26. Prosocial Scuttlebutt: Sharing the Bad to Promote the Good 27. Loving Regards: Antidote to Existential Terror 28. Punishing Perpetrators: Motivated Belief in Free Will
Kurt Frey is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the College of New Rochelle, having received his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at Purdue University in 1993. He has had an extensive teaching career, in addition to publishing articles in premier journals.
Aiden Greggis Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southampton, having received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University in 2000. He has published extensively in premier scholarly journals.