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1st Edition

Social Psychology
The Basics

ISBN 9781138552005
Published October 12, 2018 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

Social psychology explores some of the most important questions we face as people: how do we create and understand the social self? How does our 'social mind' influence the volition and content of thoughts and behaviour? How do we relate to other individuals and groups and the myriad forms and processes of social influence?

In a jargon-free and accessible manner, Social Psychology: The Basics critically examines these fundamental principles of social psychology, and provides a thorough overview of this fascinating area. Discussing the theory and science behind our understanding of how people relate to others, this book explores how we understand ourselves and others, how we relate at an individual and group level, the key processes underpinning social influence and the ways the discipline has evolved (and continues to evolve). It also looks at how the application of social psychology makes important differences in the real world.

Highlighting key issues, controversies and applications, including case studies, questions, and biographies of important figures in the discipline, this is the essential introduction for students at undergraduate, A-level and high school levels who are approaching social psychology for the first time.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: A (very) brief history of social psychology

Theme: Self and motivation

Theme overview

Chapter 2: Understanding the self

Chapter 3: The ways we think

Theme summary

Theme: Social Relationships

Theme overview

Chapter 4: Self and other people

Chapter 5: Self, groups and other groups

Theme summary

Theme: Social Influence

Theme overview

Chapter 6: Conformity and obedience

Chapter 7: Persuasion

Theme summary

Chapter 8: Social Psychology in Applied Context

Chapter 9: Future directions and common themes




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Daniel Frings is an Associate Professor at London South Bank University. He has taught social psychology at undergraduate and MSc levels and supervised numerous PhDs. His research interests include social identity, bio-psychosocial approaches to behaviour and addiction psychology. He has received research funding from prestigious funders such as the Economic Social Research Council, the British Academy, and Cancer Research UK. Daniel is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and has guest edited special journals in Addictive Behavior Reports.