Advanced Social Psychology: The State of the Science

Advanced Social Psychology: The State of the Science

by Roy F. Baumeister
     
 

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Social psychology is a flourishing discipline. It explores the most essential questions of the human psyche (e.g., Why do people help or harm others? How do influence professionals get us to do what they want, and how can we inoculate ourselves against their sometimes-insidious persuasion tactics? Why do social relationships exert such powerful effects on people's

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Social psychology is a flourishing discipline. It explores the most essential questions of the human psyche (e.g., Why do people help or harm others? How do influence professionals get us to do what they want, and how can we inoculate ourselves against their sometimes-insidious persuasion tactics? Why do social relationships exert such powerful effects on people's physical health?), and it does so with clever, ingenuitive research methods. This edited volume is a textbook for advanced social psychology courses. Its primary target audience is first-year graduate students (MA or PhD) in social psychlogy, although it is also appropriate for upper-level undergraduate courses in social psychology and for doctoral students in disciplines connecting to social psychology (e.g., marketing, organizational behavior). The authors of the chapters are world-renowned leaders on their topic, and they have written these chapters to be engaging and accessible to students who are just learning the discipline. After reading this book, you will be able to understand almost any journal article or conference presentation in any field of social psychology. You will be able to converse competently with most social psychologists in their primary research domain, a use skill that is relevant not only in daily life but also when interviewing for a faculty position. And, most importantly, you will be equipped with the background knowledge to forge ahead more confidently with your own research.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, PsyD (Cermak Health Services)
Description: Social psychology is a science that influences other fields because it seeks to explain why people behave in certain ways and how they affect others.
Purpose: This book provides "a basic overview of social psychology for graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, and others."
Audience: The primary audience is first-year graduate students (MA or PhD) in social psychology, although the book is also appropriate for upper-level undergraduate courses in social psychology and for doctoral students in disciplines connected to social psychology (e.g., marketing, organizational behavior). Roy F. Baumeister is head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University and Eli J. Finkel is an associate professor at Northwestern University. Contributors are from the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Features: After some background of social psychology, including a brief history, the book covers the basic tenets, including social aspects of cognition and emotion, attitude measurement, and attitude persuasion. Next, it addresses important parts of social relationships such as altruism, aggression, motivation, and self esteem. Finally, it shows how social psychology relates to social neuroscience and biological evolution. The interesting chapter on prejudice differentiates between deliberate and automatic prejudice and shows how it affects judgment and behavior. It also discusses controlling the influence of bias and how victims of discrimination feel. The book could have used more figures and tables to help clarify the text or highlight research findings.
Assessment: This book covers both motivational and cognitive processes, the foundation of social psychology. The editors are experts in the field who have brought together a wonderful team of authors to offer students an in-depth look at the field.
From the Publisher
"This excellent book, which fills a critical void at the top end of the educational spectrum, brings together a stellar cast of leading authorities on the major topics that define social psychology today. It is a wonderful and entertaining read."

—Jeffry A. Simpson, Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota

"An instant classic, this authoritative and readable text fills an important and enduring need in the field."

—John T. Cacioppo, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, and Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, The University of Chicago

"Advanced Social Psychology is a glossy snapshot of social psychology taken in 2010. Its brilliance emerges as much from the subject matter as it does from the collaborative effort of the many experts, each with an eye for that perfect picture and a steady hand that renders each image with superb clarity."

—Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"This book covers both motivational and cognitive processes, the foundation of social psychology. The editors are experts in the field who have brought together a wonderful team of authors to offer students an in-depth look at the field." —Doody's

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199888726
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
917,365
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Roy F. Baumeister is currently the Eppes Eminent Professor of Psychology and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University. His research spans multiple topics, including self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, and self-presentation. He has over 400 publications, and the Institute for Scientific Information lists him among the handful of most cited (most influential) psychologists in the world. Eli J. Finkel is an associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University. His research-which examines close relationships, self-regulation, and initial romantic attraction-has garnered numerous accolades, including the Early Career Award from the Relationship Researchers Interest Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.

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