Exploring Social Psychology / Edition 5

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Overview

This brief, modular introduction to social psychology offers streamlined focus on issues such as belief and illusion, prejudice and diversity, and love and hate. The brevity of each of the book's 31 stand-alone modules makes this the perfect text for covering the core concepts in the field. By introducing social psychology in an essay format and by writing in a voice that is both solidly scientific and warmly human, Exploring Social Psychology is able to reveal social psychology as an investigative reporter might, by providing a current summary of important social phenomena, by showing how social psychologists uncover and explain such phenomena, and by reflecting on their human significance. The new edition includes discussion of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath as an illustration of hindsight bias and availability heuristic, the Iraq War and belief perseverance, and terrorism and group polarization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073370644
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Myers is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, where students have voted him "Outstanding Professor." Myers' love of teaching psychology is manifest in his writings for the lay public. His articles have appeared in two-dozen magazines and he has authored or co-authored ten books, including The Pursuit of Happiness (Avon, 1993) and The American Paradox (Yale University Press, 2000).

Also an award-winning researcher, Myers received the Gordon Allport Prize from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association for his work on group polarization. His scientific articles have appeared in more than two-dozen journals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Science, and the American Psychologist. He has served his discipline as consulting editor to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

In his spare time he has chaired his city's Human Relations Commission, helped found a community action agency which assists impoverished families, and spoken to dozens of collegiate and religious groups. David and Carol Myers are parents of two sons and a daughter.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD

PREFACE

INTRODUCING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE 1
- DOING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE 2 -
DID YOU KNOW IT ALL ALONG?

SOCIAL THINKING

MODULE 3 -
INTUITION: THE POWER AND LIMITS OF OUR INNER KNOWING

MODULE 4 -
REASONS FOR UNREASON

MODULE 5 - CLINICAL INTUITION: THE PERILS OF PSYCHOLOGIZING

MODULE 6 -
THE FUNDAMENTAL ATTRIBUTION ERROR

MODULE 7 -
A NEW LOOK AT PRIDE

MODULE 8 -
THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

MODULE 9 -
BEHAVIOR AND BELIEF

SOCIAL INFLUENCE

MODULE 10
- GENDER AND GENES

MODULE 11 -
HOW NICE PEOPLE GET CORRUPTED

MODULE 12 -
TWO ROUTES TO PERSUASION

MODULE 13 -
INDOCTRINATION AND INOCULATION

MODULE 14 -
THE MERE PRESENCE OF OTHERS

MODULE 15 -
MANY HANDS MAKE DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY

MODULE 16 -
DOING TOGETHER WHAT WE WOULD NEVER DO ALONE

MODULE 17 -
HOW GROUPS INTENSIFY DECISIONS

MODULE 18 -
POWER TO THE PERSON

SOCIAL RELATIONS

MODULE 19 -
THE DISLIKE OF DIVERSITY

MODULE 20 -
THE ROOTS OF PREJUDICE

MODULE 21 -
THE NATURE AND NURTURE OF AGGRESSION

MODULE 22 -
DO THE MEDIA INFLUENCE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR?

MODULE 23 -
CAUSES OF CONFLICT

MODULE 24 -
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

MODULE 25 -
WHO LIKES WHOM?

MODULE 26 -
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LOVE

MODULE 27 -
WHEN DO PEOPLE HELP?

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED

MODULE 28 -
WHO IS MISERABLE?AND WHY?

MODULE 29 -
WHO IS HAPPY AND WHY?

MODULE 30 -
BIG IDEAS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION

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