Current Directions in Social Psychology

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This new and exciting reader includes over 20 articles that have been carefully selected for the undergraduate audience, and taken from the very accessible Current Directions in Psychological Science journal. These timely, cutting-edge articles allow instructors to bring their students real-world perspective–from a reliable source–about today’s most current and pressing issues in social psychology.

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On the plasticity of self-defense, A. Tesser.

Social comparison: Why, with whom and with what effect?, J. Suls, R. Martin and L. Wheeler.

The spotlight effect and the illusion of transparency: Egocentric assessments of how we are seen by others, T. Gilovich and K. Savitsky.

The false-hope syndrome: Unfulfilled expectations about self-change, J. Polivy and C. Pl. Herman.


Mere exposure: A gateway to the subliminal, R. Zajonc.

Automaticity and the amygdala: Nonconscious responses to emotional faces, A. Oehman.

Universals and cultural differences in recognizing emotions, H. A. Elfenbein and N. Ambady.

Culture and cognition, A. Norenzayan and R. E. Nisbett.


Ideal standards in close relationships: Their structure and functions, G. J. Fletcher and J. A. Simpson.

The emerging field of adolescent romantic relationships, W. Furman.

Human sexuality: How do men and women differ? L. A. Peplau.

Marital conflict: Correlates, structure and context, F. D. Fincham.


Why don’t moral people act morally? Motivational considerations, C. D. Batson and E. R. Thompson.

Forgiveness: Who does it and how do they do it?, M. E. McCullough.

Self-esteem, narcissism and aggression: Does violence result from low self-esteem or from threatened self-esteem?, R. F. Baumeister, B. J. Bushman and W. K. Campbell.

If the television program bleeds, memory for the advertisement recedes, B. J. Bushman and C. M. Phillips.


What we know now about bias and intergroup conflict, the problem of the century, S. T. Fiske.

Pride and prejudice: Fear of death and social behavior, S. Soloman, J. Greenberg and T. Pyszczynski.

The psychology of sexual prejudice, G. M. Herek.

Ethnicity-related sources of stress and their effects on well-being, R. J. Contrada, R. D. Ashmore, M. L. Gary, E. Coups, J. D. Egeth, A. Sewell, K. Ewell, T. M. Goyal and V. Chasse.

Reducing prejudice: Combatting intergroup biases, J. F. Dovidio and S. L. Gaertner.


Social support, physiological processes and health, B. N. Uchino, D. Uno and J. Holt-Lunstad, J. T. Cacioppo, L. C. Hawkley and G. G. Bernston.

Citizens’ sense of justice and the legal system, J. M. Darley.

The confidence of eyewitnesses in their identifications from lineups, G. L. Wells, E. A. Olson and S. D. Charman.

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