Social Thinking and Interpersonal Behavior

Edited by Joseph P. Forgas, Klaus Fiedler, Constantine Sedikides

© 2012 – Psychology Press

356 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2012-03-05
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About the Book

The connection between mental and social life remains one of the most intriguing topics in all of psychology. This book reviews some of the most recent advances in research exploring the links between how people think and behave in interpersonal situations. The chapters represent a variety of theoretical orientations, ranging from evolutionary approaches through cognitive and affective theories, all the way to considering social and cultural influences on the relationship between social cognition and interpersonal behavior.

Given its breadth of coverage, this volume is useful both as a basic reference book and as an informative textbook for advanced courses dealing with social cognition and interpersonal behavior. The main target audience comprises researchers, students, and professionals in all areas of the social and behavioral sciences, including social, cognitive, clinical, counseling, personality, organizational, forensic, and applied psychology, as well as sociology, communication studies, and social work. Written in a readable yet scholarly style, this volume serves as an engaging overview of the field for students in courses dealing with social cognition and social interaction at undergraduate and graduate levels.


"You’ve got to hand it to that Sydney sunshine: not only does it attract some of the top minds in psychology to the Sydney Symposium each year (and there are stars aplenty in this year’s group), but judging from the chapters in this volume it seems to elevate everyone’s game. Chapter after chapter offers an insightful analysis of how intrapsychic and interpersonal processes (and their interaction) give rise to the complex, nuanced, and diverse social behavior we see around us everyday. The full range of what social psychology has to offer is on display here—from evolutionary to cognitive to social-cultural perspectives, and from current takes on classic theories to entirely new approaches—and this book should stand for quite some time as a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in the underpinnings of social life." - Professor Tom Gilovich, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

"Forgas and company (in this case Klaus Fiedler and Constantine Sedikides) have done it again! This time, putting out a must-have volume of recent converging and diverging thoughts and evidence on the relationship between social thought and social behavior with a stellar list of fresh and seasoned contributors." - Professor Jim Blascovich, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

"This volume poignantly illustrates the richness and diversity of the social cognition paradigm in application to a broad variety of psychological phenomena. Authored by stellar theorists and researchers, chapters in this book offer the reader insights into the problems, methods, and conceptual frameworks that define cutting-edge research in personality and social psychology. Another landmark volume in this important series, and a must-read for everyone interested in current directions and advances on fundamental psychological problems." - Arie W. Kruglanski, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Table of Contents

J.P. Forgas, K. Fiedler, C. Sedikides, Social Thinking and Interpersonal Behaviour: Classical Theories and Contemporary Approaches. Part 1. Evolutionary Influences on Social Cognition and Behavior. D.T. Kenrick, Y.J. Li, A. E. White, S.L.Neuberg, Economic Subselves: Fundamental Motives and Deep Rationality. A. Galperin, M.G. Haselton, Error Management and the Evolution of Cognitive Bias. W. von Hippel, R. Trivers, Self-deception to Deceive Others. G.R. Semin, G.V. Garrido, A Systemic Approach to Impression Formation: From Verbal to Multi-modal Processes. Part 2. Automatic Mechanisms Linking Social Cognition and Behavior. A. Dijksterhuis, Exploring the Relation between Motivation and Intuition. C.N. Macrae, L.K. Miles, S.B. Best, Moving through Time: Mental Time Travel and Social Behavior. P. Winkielman, L. Kavanagh, How Do Emotions Move Us? Embodied and Disembodied Influences of Emotions on Social Thinking and Interpersonal Behavior. M. Waenke, J. Samochowiecz, J. Landwehr, Facial Politics: Political Judgment Based on Looks. Part 3. Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms. E. Eich, T.C. Handy, E.A. Holmes, J. Lerner, H.K. McIsaac, Field and Observer Perspectives in Autobiographical Memory. K. Fiedler, The Formation of Attitudes and Judgments in a Virtual Class Environment. K.L. Johnson, C.M. Carpinella, Social Categorization at the Crossroads: Mechanisms by Which Intersecting Social Categories Bias Social Perception. J.P. Forgas, The Upside of Feeling Down: The Benefits of Negative Mood for Social Cognition and Social Behavior. C. Sedikides, J.J. Skowronski, Construct Accessibility and Interpretation of Self-Behaviors: Tracing and Reducing the Signatures of Self-Protection and Self-Enhancement. Part 4. Social and Cultural Factors in Social Thinking and Interpersonal Behavior. Y. Kashima, Culture as Interpersonal Process. J.T. Jost, A.C. Kay, System Justification as an Obstacle to the Attainment of Social Justice. J. Cooper, Thinking as a Social Group or Thinking as a Social Group Member: Different Implications for Attitude Change. B.F. Malle, S. Guglielmo, A.E. Monroe, Moral, Cognitive and Social: The Nature of Blame.

About the Series

Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology

The aim of the Sydney Symposia of Social Psychology is to provide new, integrative insights into key areas of contemporary research. Held every year at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, each symposium deals with an important integrative theme in social psychology, and the invited participants are leading researchers in the field from around the world. Each contribution is extensively discussed during the symposium and is subsequently thoroughly revised into book chapters that are published in the volumes in this series.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology