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Social Psychology, 8th Edition

  • Saul Kassin John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Steven Fein Williams College
  • Hazel Rose Markus Stanford University
  • ISBN-10: 0495812404  |  ISBN-13: 9780495812401
  • 752 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
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Distinguished by its current-events emphasis, strong diversity coverage, and engaging connections drawn between social psychology and students' everyday lives, Social Psychology, Eighth Edition, remains one of the most scholarly and well-written texts in its field. Integrating classic and contemporary research, the text also includes comprehensive coverage of social cognition and evolutionary psychology, and features authoritative material on social psychology and the law. In addition, coverage of culture and diversity are integrated into every chapter by Hazel Rose Markus, a leader and respected researcher in the study of cultural psychology.

Features and Benefits

  • Putting Common Sense to the Test challenges students' commonly held notions by asking them to predict answers to deceptively simple true/false questions that open each chapter. The related text discussion for each question is annotated in the margin, and full answers are provided at the end of the chapter.
  • Current events emphasis incorporates real-world examples and current events, underscoring social psychology's widespread relevance and helping students see their world through a social psychologist's eyes.
  • Marginal quotes provide thought-provoking facts, findings, poll results, quotes, and more to stimulate students' critical thinking and provide interest.
  • Revealing Psychology Video is ideal for both classroom presentation and online study. The clips include a refreshed and innovative Candid Camera-like segment depicting people in socially challenging situations, with a focus on applications of concepts and experimental variations; classic experiments in real-world context with a new look and feel; and personal profiles with interviews of real people talking about their lives in ways that illustrate social psychological principles.

Table of Contents

What Is Social Psychology? From Past to Present: A Brief History of Social Psychology. Social Psychology in a New Century.
Why Should You Learn About Research Methods? Developing Ideas: Beginning the Research Process. Refining Ideas: Defining and Measuring Social Psychological Variables. Testing Ideas: Research Designs. Ethics and Values in Social Psychology.
3. The Social Self.
The Self-Concept. Self-Esteem. Self-Presentation. Epilogue: The Multifaceted Self.
4. Perceiving Persons
Observation: The Elements of Social Perception. Attribution: From Elements to Dispositions. Integration: From Dispositions to Impressions. Confirmation Biases: From Impressions to Reality. Social Perception: The Bottom Line.
5. Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination.
The Nature of the Problem: Persistence and Change. Causes of the Problem: Intergroup and Motivational Factors. Causes of the Problem: Cognitive and Cultural Factors. A Threat in the Air: Effects on the Targets of Stereotypes and Prejudice. Reducing Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination.
6. Attitudes.
The Study of Attitudes. Persuasion by Communication. Persuasion by Our Own Actions. Changing Attitudes.
7. Conformity.
Social Influence as "Automatic". Conformity. Compliance. Obedience. The Continuum of Social Influence.
8. Group Processes.
Fundamentals of Groups. Individuals in Groups: The Presence of Others. Group Performance: Problems and Solutions. Conflict: Cooperation and Competition Within and Between Groups.
9. Attraction and Close Relationships.
Being with Others: A Fundamental Human Motive. Close Relationships. The Initial Attraction.
10. Helping Others.
Evolutionary and Motivational Factors: Why Do People Help? Situational Influences: When Do People Help? Personal Influences: Who Is Likely to Help? Interpersonal Influences: Whom Do People Help? The Helping Connection.
11. Aggression.
12. Law.
Jury Selection. The Courtroom Drama. Jury Deliberation. Posttrial: To Prison and Beyond. Perceptions of Justice. Closing Statement.
13. Business.
Personnel Selection. Performance Appraisals. Leadership. Motivation at Work. Economic Decision Making.
14. Health.
Stress and Health. What Causes Stress? How Does Stress Affect the Body? Processes of Appraisal. Ways of Coping with Stress. Treatment and Prevention. The Pursuit of Happiness.

What's New

  • New expanded coverage throughout the text to highlight the most cutting edge and current research available including: material on culture and the self now includes work on dialecticism, evolutionary roots and social neuroscience corollaries of the way people respond to baby faces, new research on subliminal persuasion, and new coverage on the perceptual consequences of cognitive dissonance.
  • Extensive new coverage on areas connecting straight with students' lives such as recent research within a speed dating paradigm, internet advertising and dating. and the need for double blind lineups in eyewitness.
  • More mulitcutlural research and focus including new coverage of culture and romantic love, especially focused on India and China, coverage of new research on the effects of a multicultural vs. colorblind workplace on minority employees, expanded coverage of cultural perspectives, as well as Culture and Research Methods. Significantly updated section on diversity in groups and more on cultural and regional differences in prevalence and acceptability of various types of aggression and violence.
  • New stories from the news and popular culture that relate to social psychology (e.g., popularity of Facebook and twitter; debates about torture of prisoners; presidential debates between Obama and McCain).

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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0840031734 | ISBN-13: 9780840031730)

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Research in Action DVD Volume i, 1st Edition 2008  (ISBN-10: 0495595209 | ISBN-13: 9780495595205)

Research in Action features the work of research psychologists to give students an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research--not just who is doing it, but also how it is done, and how and where the results are being used. By taking students into the laboratories of both established and up-and-coming researchers, and by showing research results being applied outside of the laboratory, these videos offer insight into both the research process and the many ways in which real people's lives are affected by research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Saul Kassin

Saul Kassin is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Brooklyn College. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, he spent time at the University of Kansas, Purdue University, the Federal Judicial Center, Stanford University, and Williams College. He is an author or editor of several books -- including PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, THE AMERICAN JURY ON TRIAL, and THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EVIDENCE AND TRIAL PROCEDURE. Interested in social-psychological causes of wrongful convictions, Dr. Kassin pioneered the scientific study of false confessions. His work is cited all over the world -- including by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has received several awards for his work on false confessions and has served as a consultant in a number of high profile cases. He has also appeared as a media consultant for all major news networks and in a number of documentaries, including Ken Burns' 2012 film, The Central Park Five.

Steven Fein

Steven Fein is Professor of Psychology at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, he received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching at Williams College since 1991, with time spent teaching at Stanford University in 1999. His edited books include EMOTION: INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES, READINGS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE ART OF SCIENCE AND RESEARCH, MOTIVATED SOCIAL PERCEPTION: THE ONTARIO SYMPOSIUM, and GENDER AND AGGRESSION: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES. He recently completed a term on the executive committee of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. His research interests concern stereotyping and prejudice, suspicion, and sociocultural and motivational influences on person perception.

Hazel Rose Markus

Hazel Rose Markus is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She also co-directs the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Before moving to Stanford in 1994, she was a professor at the University of Michigan, where she received her Ph.D. The focus of her work is the sociological shaping of mind and self. Born in England of English parents and raised in San Diego, California, she has been persistently fascinated by how nation of origin, region of the country, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and social class shape self and identity. With her colleague Shinobu Kitayama at the University of Michigan, she has pioneered the experimental study of how culture and self influence one another. Dr. Markus was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and Division 8. Some of her recent co-edited books include CULTURE AND EMOTION: EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF MUTUAL INFLUENCE, ENGAGING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: THE MULTICULTURAL CHALLENGE IN LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES, and JUST SCHOOLS: PURSUING EQUAL EDUCATION IN SOCIETIES OF DIFFERENCE.