1st Edition

Social Psychology




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ISBN 9780340548462
Published August 27, 1999 by Routledge
464 Pages

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Book Description

In everyday life we depend upon, interact with, influence are influenced by many people in situations that range from brief single encounters to the special relationships we form with family and close friends. Social interactions such as these are just a part of what make up social psychology, the study of human social behaviour and thought.



In 'Social Psychology', the authors have incorporated the most recent theoretical developments and research findings and accounted for more than a decade of growth and expansion in the discipline since the publication of Pennington's 'Essential Social Psychology' (from which this book is descended). The result is a wholly fresh textbook that provides a clear and readable introduction to this empirical discipline.



Assuming no prior knowledge, this book guides the reader through the main topic areas, providing insights into the key theories, concepts, research and debates that define the field. Particular attention is paid to how research is applied, with each chapter containing a section demonstrating the application of social psychological findings in the contexts of education, law, health and organisations. A summary of the main points and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter. There are figures, tables and photographs provided throughout to encourage visualisation and aid understanding.



In 'Social Psychology', the authors have incorporated the most recent theoretical developments and research findings and accounted for more than a decade of growth and expansion in the discipline since the publication of Pennington's 'Essential Social Psychology' (from which this book is descended). The result is a wholly fresh textbook that provides a clear and readable introduction to this empirical discipline.



Assuming no prior knowledge, this book guides the reader through the main topic areas, providing insights into the key theories, concepts, research and debates that define the field. Particular attention is paid to how research is applied, with each chapter containing a section demonstrating the application of social psychological findings in the contexts of education, law, health and organisations. A summary of the main points and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter. There are figures, tables and photographs provided throughout to encourage visualisation and aid understanding.

Table of Contents

Social development
Attitudes, attitude change and behaviour
Social cognition I: perception of self and others
Social cognition II: the attribution approach
Non-verbal communication and interpersonal behaviour
Social relationships
Social influence
Pro-social and anti-social behaviour
Prejudice, conflict and intergroup behaviour
Groups and group performance.

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Reviews

Would suit an A level readership admirably. Indeed, it is probably the best available at this level.
The Times Higher Education Supplement (of the 1st

This book is certainly worth reading, and covers all the main topics expected within social psychology. The level is about right for 'A'level or first year degree level.
Association for the Teaching of Psychology