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Key Readings in Social Psychology


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Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Social Neuroscience Key Readings

Social Neuroscience: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Gary G. Berntson, John T. Cacioppo
September 05, 2013

Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have collaborated for more than a decade with the common goal of understanding how the mind works. These collaborations have helped unravel puzzles of the mind including aspects of perception, imagery, attention and memory. Many aspects of the mind, however,...

Rediscovering Social Identity

Rediscovering Social Identity

1st Edition

Edited By Tom Postmes, Nyla R. Branscombe
May 27, 2010

This reader brings together the founding texts of the "Social Identity Approach" - a set of concepts, ideas, and principles contained in Social Identity Theory and Self-Categorization Theory. This approach originated in social psychology and is increasingly part of the standard curriculum in ...

Psychology of Terrorism Classic and Contemporary Insights

Psychology of Terrorism: Classic and Contemporary Insights

1st Edition

Edited By Jeff Victoroff, Arie W. Kruglanski
March 09, 2009

Substate terrorism now represents one of the gravest threats to human civilizations. As the frequency of interstate wars has declined since the end of the Second World War, terrible violence against innocent civilians is increasingly perpetrated by non-state groups with extreme agendas and ...

Small Groups Key Readings

Small Groups: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By John M. Levine, Richard L. Moreland
March 13, 2006

Research on small groups is highly diverse because investigators who study such groups vary in their disciplinary identifications, theoretical interests, and methodological preferences. The goal of this volume is to capture that diversity, and thereby convey the breadth and excitement of small ...

Attitudes Their Structure, Function and Consequences

Attitudes: Their Structure, Function and Consequences

1st Edition

Edited By Russell H. Fazio, Richard E. Petty
August 20, 2007

The study of likes and dislikes - what social psychologists refer to as "attitudes" - has been a central focus of the field for decades. What are attitudes? How can we study and measure them scientifically? How are they formed and changed? Of what functional value, if any, are they? How do they ...

Social Comparison Theories

Social Comparison Theories

1st Edition

Edited By Diederik A. Stapel, Hart Blanton
December 15, 2006

Self-perception and behavior do not occur in a social vacuum: who we are, and what we do, is often a function of what other people are and do. Others can inform us of who we are ("I am the only sane person here"), or where we stand ("I am quite intelligent compared to him"); others can inspire us (...

Social Cognition Key Readings

Social Cognition: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By David Hamilton
January 03, 2005

This collection features articles that have shown a significant impact on the field of social cognition. The articles are organized into eight major sections: (1) social information processing; (2) cognitive representation of social information; (3) activation and use of cognitive representations; ...

Social Neuroscience Key Readings

Social Neuroscience: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By John T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson
December 27, 2004

Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have collaborated for more than a decade with the common goal of understanding how the mind works. These collaborations have helped unravel puzzles of the mind, including aspects of perception, imagery, attention, and memory. Many aspects of the mind, ...

Close Relationships Key Readings

Close Relationships: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Harry T. Reis, Caryl E. Rusbult
July 18, 2004

Each of the chapters in this reader is written by leading scholars in the area of relationships, reflecting the diversity of the field and including both contemporary and key historical papers for comprehensive coverage of research....

Political Psychology Key Readings

Political Psychology: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By John T. Jost, Jim Sidanius
March 18, 2004

Political psychology is a dynamic subfield at the intersection of psychology and political science. The specific relationship between politics and social psychology has been steadily evolving in recent years, making it a compelling and exciting area of study. The chapters in this reader were ...

The Interface of Social and Clinical Psychology Key Readings

The Interface of Social and Clinical Psychology: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Robin M. Kowalski, Mark R. Leary
November 19, 2003

Virtually every major area of interest in social psychology has implications for understanding, diagnosing, and treating emotional and behavioral problems. The intent of this volume of readings is to locate published articles that apply important theories and concepts from social psychology to the...

Social Psychology of Health Key Readings

Social Psychology of Health: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Salovey, Alexander J. Rothman
July 23, 2003

This volume describes classic and contemporary theory and research in social psychology that sheds light on how people think about health and illness, as well as their willingness to engage in health-relevant behaviors. The Editors have selected papers that serve to illustrate the reciprocal ...

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