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This social psychology text, written by a trio of well-known sociologists, covers such topics as socialization, self, attitudes, communication, social influence, interpersonal attraction and relationships, behavior in small groups, life course, and personality and social structure. As students move through the text, they will explore answers to a wide variety of questions, such as: What decides who someone will fall in love with? Where do aggressive, violent, and criminal behaviors come from? Why are some people more charitable than others? Why do some people obey authority and conform while others always have to buck the trend? Why are some people lazier when they work in groups? What is the source of people's stereotypes and prejudices? How can we overcome them? What causes conflict between groups? And finally, what makes us become who we are?
1. Introduction to Social Psychology. 2. Research Methods in Social Psychology. 3. Socialization. 4. Self and Identity. 5. Social Perception and Cognition. 6. Attitudes. 7. Symbolic Communication and Language. 8. Social Influence and Persuasion. 9. Self-Presentation and Impression Management. 10. Helping and Altruism. 11. Aggression. 12. Interpersonal Attraction and Relationships. 13. Group Cohesion And Conformity. 14. Group Structure and Performance. 15. Intergroup Conflict. 16. Life Course and Gender Roles. 17. Social Structure and Personality. 18. Deviant Behavior and Social Reaction. 19. Collective Behavior and Social Movements.