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3rd Edition

Social Psychology

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ISBN 9781462550241
July 13, 2022 Forthcoming by Guilford Press
638 Pages

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Book Description

This definitive work--now extensively revised with virtually all new chapters--has introduced generations of researchers to the psychological processes that underlie social behavior. What sets the book apart is its unique focus on the basic principles that guide theory building and research. Since work in the field increasingly transcends such boundaries as biological versus cultural or cognitive versus motivational systems, the third edition has a new organizational framework. Leading scholars identify and explain the principles that govern intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup processes, in chapters that range over multiple levels of analysis. The book's concluding section illustrates how social psychology principles come into play in specific contexts, including politics, organizational life, the legal arena, sports, and negotiation.

New to This Edition
*Most of the book is entirely new.
*Stronger emphasis on the contextual factors that influence how and why the basic principles work as they do.
*Incorporates up-to-date findings and promising research programs.
*Integrates key advances in such areas as evolutionary theory and neuroscience.

Table of Contents

I. Principles in Theory
- Intrapersonal Level
1. Evolutionary Foundations of Social Psychology, William von Hippel, Frank A. von Hippel, & Thomas Suddendorf
2. Approach Motivation and Emotion from a Biological Perspective, Eddie Harmon-Jones & Cindy Harmon-Jones
3. Judgment and Decision Making: Basic Principles of Adaptive Behavior, Klaus Fiedler & Linda McCaughey
4. Construal Processes, Alexa D. Hubbard, David A. Kalkstein, Nira Liberman, & Yaacov Trope
5. Motives Working Together: Value, Truth, and Control in Goal Selection and Pursuit, E. Tory Higgins & Emily Nakkawita
6. Human Autonomy in Social Psychology: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective, Richard M. Ryan & Edward L. Deci
- Interpersonal Level
7. The Biological Foundations and Modulation of Empathy, Grit Hein, Yanyan Qi, & Shihui Han
8. Social Bonds: A New Look at an Old Topic, Sara B. Algoe & Tatum Jolink
9. Understanding the Minds of Others: Activation, Application, and Accuracy of Mind Perception, Nicholas Epley & Michael Kardas
10. Shared Reality: Motivated Connection and Motivated Cognition, Gerald Echterhoff & E. Tory Higgins
11. Goal Transactivity, Eli J. Finkel & Gráinne M. Fitzsimons
12. Major Principles of Attachment Theory: Overview, Hypotheses, and Research Ideas, Jeffry A. Simpson, W. Steven Rholes, Jami Eller, & Ramona L. Paetzold
13. Relational Motives, Harry T. Reis
- Intragroup Level
14. Indirect Reciprocity, Gossip, and Reputation-Based Cooperation, Daniel Balliet, Junhui Wu, & Paul A. M. Van Lange
15. Aggression, Violence, and Revenge, C. Nathan DeWall & David S. Chester
16. Cultural Systems: Attunement, Tension, and Lewinian Social Psychology, Dov Cohen, Xi Liu, & Faith Shin
17. Social Ostracism: Theoretical Foundations and Basic Principles, Andrew H. Hales & Kipling D. Williams
18. The Social Power of Emotions: Emerging Principles of the Social Functions and Effects of Emotional Expression, Gerben A. van Kleef
- Intergroup Level
19. Intergroup Processes: Principles from an Evolutionary Perspective, David Pietraszewski
20. Stereotype Content Model: How We Make Sense of Individuals and Groups, Susan T. Fiske, Gandalf Nicolas, & Xuechunzi Bai
21. Perceiving Others as Group Members: Basic Principles of Social Categorization Processes, Kerry Kawakami, Kurt Hugenberg, & Yarrow Dunham
22. Intergroup Contact and Prejudice Reduction: Three Guiding Principles, Angelika Love & Miles Hewstone
23. Categorization and Identity as Motivational Principles in Intergroup Relations, Naomi Ellemers & Dick de Gilder
24. Culture and Intergroup Relations, Yoshihisa Kashima & Michele Gelfand
II. Principles in Context
25. Helping, in Context: Predictors and Products of Prosocial Behavior, Lara B. Aknin, Deborah A. Small, & Michael I. Norton
26. Social Psychology and Law: Basic Principles in Legal Contexts, Kees van den Bos
27. Psychological Shortcomings to Optimal Negotiation Behavior: Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Challenges, Martha Jeong, Julia Minson, & Francesca Gino
28. How Prominent Features of Organizational Life Inform Principles of Social Psychology, Joel Brockner, Batia M. Wiesenfeld, & Ilona Fridman
29. Political Extremism, Katarzyna Jasko, David Webber, & Arie W. Kruglanski
30. Achievement Goals and Self-Regulation in the Sport Context, Nico W. Van Yperen

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Paul A. M. Van Lange, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Social Psychology at VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. His research focuses on human cooperation and trust. Dr. Van Lange has published over 200 articles in psychological and interdisciplinary journals. He is founding editor of Current Opinion in Psychology and Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, and is a past president of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. His work has been recognized by the Kurt Lewin Medal from the European Association of Social Psychology, among other grants and awards. His website is

E. Tory Higgins, PhD, is the Stanley Schachter Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, where he is also Professor and Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Higgins has received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association, among other awards for his research, teaching, and mentoring.

Arie W. Kruglanski, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has published over 400 articles, chapters, and books on motivated social cognition. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Dr. Kruglanski is co-founder of the National Center of Excellence for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism. He is a recipient of awards including the Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Donald T. Campbell Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.


"I was bowled over by this book! It is an ode to ideas and their conceptual evolution into principles and theories. With 24 chapters ranging from the intrapersonal to the intergroup level, plus six chapters illustrating the principles at work, the third edition extends the prior edition substantially with new topics and the latest scholarship and applications. This masterfully edited and lucidly written intellectual feast will be appreciated by researchers as well as by graduate students and advanced psychology majors, and is a suitable text or companion to most--if not all--social psychology courses."--Constantine Sedikides, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

"This volume provides a panoramic view of classic and emerging topics in social psychology. The geographic diversity of the authors brings forth an exciting range of topics as well as offering up a more accurate perspective on the psychology of social behavior. The third edition of this work will be a treasured companion as you navigate human social nature as we understand it today."--Mahzarin R. Banaji, PhD, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard University

"Bringing the social resoundingly back to social psychology, this third edition highlights intergroup processes, cultural systems, motivation, and meaning-making as social rather than individual processes. Chapters explore the deeply social nature of human evolution and the biological and neurological evidence supporting such basic processes as social bonds and empathy. I highly recommend this handbook to readers who want to attain a solid grounding in current perspectives, topics, and methodologies of social psychology."--Daphna Oyserman, PhD, Dean’s Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Dornsife Center for Mind and Society, University of Southern California

"The outstanding third edition of this important, well-regarded handbook reflects the editors' deep and up-to-date knowledge of the field. With an international scope, the book emphasizes classic and contemporary ideas, theories, and principles, rather than the all-too-common conglomeration of disjointed empirical findings. It offers a rich and stimulating foundation for graduate courses in social psychology and is an essential reference for researchers at all levels. The volume covers an unusually broad range, from evolutionary psychology and core intrapsychic processes to interpersonal relationships, intra- and intergroup relations, and real-world applications in law, organizational behavior, sports, and politics. With its many new chapters and highly accomplished authors, this volume captures the excitement and richness of social psychology today."--Phillip R. Shaver, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of California, Davis

“Social psychology in one volume? Not if you want a complete assemblage of significant findings. But if you are looking for a conceptually integrated collection of the basic ideas and principles on which social psychology is built, you cannot do better than this book. Leading experts provide the theoretical foundations of the discoveries that have shaped the field. The breadth of the editors’ approach makes this a comprehensive and highly readable account of current social psychology.”--Fritz Strack, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Germany-The book is excellent because it contains so much information over 30 chapters and 638 pages. It is written by an international collection of experts in the field. The third edition justifies replacing the second because it has been 13 years and research has increased dramatically over that time span. Readers will not be disappointed by this Guilford volume. *****!--Doody’s Review Service, 5/7/2021ƒƒIt is a must for empirical researchers in the field....Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and professionals. (on the second edition)--Choice Reviews, 2/1/2008