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Social Psychology

A General Reader, 1st Edition

Edited by Arie Kruglanski, E. Tory Higgins

Psychology Press

656 pages

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The articles in this volume have been selected on the basis of their readability, accessibility, and brevity. They include not only highly influential papers which have had an outstanding impact on the field, but also papers that showcase important social psychological principles. Each article in the anthology is followed by a list of suggested readings that round out the picture and convey a good sense of the substantive issues, approaches and methods that characterize a given domain of study. This reader will provide an invaluable resource for undergraduates and postgraduates of social psychology.

Table of Contents

I. Biological System. 1. The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Social Behavior. D.M. Buss, Mate Preferences in Thirty Seven Cultures. 2. Social Neuroscience. J.T. Cacioppo, G.G. Berntson, Social Psychology Contributions to the Decade of the Brain: Doctrine of Multilevel Analysis. 3. Social Psychosomatics. S.E. Taylor, J.D. Brown, Illusion and Well-being: A Social Psychological Perspective on Mental Health. II. Cognitive System. 4. Knowledge Activation: Accessibility, Applicability and Salience. E.T. Higgins, W.S. Rholes, C.R. Jones, Category Accessibility and Impression Formation. 5. Automaticity in Social Psychology. J.A. Bargh, P. Pietromonaco, Automatic Information Processing and Social Perception: The Influence of Trait Information Presented Outside of Conscious Awareness on Impression Formation. P.G. Devine, Stereotypes and Prejudice: Their Automatic and Controlled Components. 6. Principles of Mental Representation. D.L. Hamilton, D.M. Driscoll, L.T. Worth, Cognitive Organization of Impressions: Effects of Incongruency in Complex Representations. 7. Expectancies. H.H. Kelley, The Warm-cold Variable in First Impressions of Persons. C.O. Word, M.P. Zanna, J. Cooper, The Nonverbal Mediation of Self-fulfilling Prophecies in Interracial Interaction. 8. Social Hypothesis Testing: Cognitive and Motivational Mechanisms. M. Snyder, W.B. Swann, Jr., Hypothesis-testing Processes in Social Interaction. 9. Explanations: Processes and Consequences. H.H. Kelley, Attribution Theory in Social Psychology. Y. Trope, T. Alfieri, Effortfulness and Flexibility of Dispositional Judgement Processes. III. Personal and Motivational System. 10. Principles of Self-regulation: The Nature of Willpower and Self-control. C.S. Carver, M.F. Scheier, Origin and Functions of Positive and Negative Affect. E.T. Higgins, R.N. Bond, R. Klein, T. Strauman, Self-discrepancies and Emotional Vulnerability: How Magnitude, Accessibility, and Type of Discrepancy Influence Affect. W. Mischel, Y. Shoda, M.L. Rodriguez, Delay of Gratification in Children. 11. Goal Effects on Action and Cognition. E.S. Elliott, C.S. Dweck, Goals: An Approach to Motivation and Achievement. P.M. Gollwitzer, H. Heckhausen, B. Steller, Deliberative and Implemental Mind-sets: Cognitive Tuning Toward Congruous Thoughts and Information. 12. The Psychology of Evaluation. R.H. Fazio, D.M. Sanbonmatsu, M.C. Powell, F.R. Kardes, On the Automatic Activation of Attitudes. A. Tesser, D. Paulhus, The Definition of Self: Private and Public Self-evaluation Management Strategies. 13. Feelings and Phenomenal Experiences. N. Schwarz, G. Clore, Mood, Misattribution, and Judgments of Well-being: Informative and Directive Functions of Affective States. D.M. Mackie, L.T. Worth, Processing Deficits and the Mediation of Positive Affect in Persuasion. 14. Mental Control. D.M. Wegner, R. Erber, The Hyperaccessibility of Suppressed Thoughts. 15. Motivated Social Cognition. Z. Kunda, Motivated Inference: Self-serving Generation and Evaluation of Casual Theories. A.W. Kruglanski, T. Freund, The Freezing and Unfreezing of Lay-inferences: Effects on Impressional Primacy, Ethnic Stereotyping, and Numerical Anchoring. IV. Interpersonal System. 16. Attachment and Intimacy: Component Processes. D. Griffin, K. Bartholomew, Models of Self and Other: Fundamental Dimensions Underlying Measures of Adult Attachment. C. Hazan, P.R. Shaver, Love and Work: An Attachment-theoretical Perspective. 17. Interdependence Processes. P.A.M. Van Lange, W. Otten, E.M.N. De Bruin, J.A. Joireman, Development of Prosocial, Individualistic, and Competitive Orientations: Theory and Preliminary Evidence. 18. Social Support. W. Stroebe, M. Stroebe, G. Abakoumkin, H. Schut, The Role of Loneliness and Social Support in Adjustment to Loss: A Test of Attachment Versus Stress Theory. 19. Conflict in Close Relationships. S.L. Murray, J.G. Holmes, Seeing Virtues in Faults: Negativity and the Transformation of Interpersonal Narratives in Close Relationships. 20. Social Psychological Models of Interpersonal Communication. R.M. Krauss, P.S. Vivekananthan, S. Weinheimer, "Inner Speech" and "External Speech": Characteristics and Communication Effectiveness of Socially and Nonsocially Encoded Messages. E.T. Higgins, Achieving 'Shared Reality' in the Communication Game: A Social Action that Creates Meaning. G.R. Semin, K. Fiedler, The Cognitive Functions of Linguistic Categories in Describing Persons: Social Cognition and Language. 21. Principles of Persuasion. S. Chaiken, Heuristic versus Systematic Information Processing and the Use of Source versus Message Cues in Persuasion. R.E. Petty, J.T. Cacioppo, R. Goldman, Personal Involvement as a Determinant of Argument-based Persuasion. A.W. Kruglanski, E.P. Thompson, Persuasion by a Single Route: A View From the Unimodel. V. Group and Cultural System. 22. Conflict in Groups. C.J. Nemeth, Differential Contribution of Majority and Minority Influence. J.M. Levine, R.L. Moreland, Group Socialization: Theory and Research. 23. Social Identification. D. Abrams, M.A. Hogg, Comments on the Motivational Status of Self-esteem in Social Identity and Intergroup Discrimination. A. Reid, K. Deaux, Relationship Between Social and Personal Identities: Segregation or Integration? 24. The Construction of Social Norms and Standards. R.C. Jacobs, D. Campbell, The Perpetuation of an Arbitrary Tradition through Several Generations of a Laboratory Microculture. D.A. Prentice, D.T. Miller, Pluralistic Ignorance and Alcohol Use on Campus: Some Consequences of Misperceiving the Social Norm. 25. Culture and "Basic" Psychological Principles. H.R. Markus, S. Kitayama, A Collective Fear of the Collective: Implications for Selves and Theories of Selves.

About the Series

Key Readings in Social Psychology

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology