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Social Psychology and Human Nature, Brief, 3rd Edition

  • Roy F. Baumeister Florida State University
  • Brad Bushman Ohio State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133956408  |  ISBN-13: 9781133956402
  • 688 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE, 3rd Edition, offers a remarkably fresh and compelling exploration of the fascinating field of social psychology. Respected researchers, teachers, and authors Roy Baumeister and Brad Bushman give students integrated and accessible insight into the ways that nature, the social environment, and culture interact to influence social behavior. While giving essential insight to the power of situations, the text's contemporary approach also emphasizes the role of human nature--viewing people as highly complex, exquisitely designed, and variously inclined cultural animals who respond to myriad situations. With strong visual appeal, an engaging writing style, and the best of classic and current research, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE 3rd Ediiton helps students make sense of the sometimes baffling--but always interesting--diversity of human behavior.

Features and Benefits

  • Each of the very popular self-quizzes includes one relatively challenging item, thereby providing more variety so that students of all ability levels can find questions that are useful and appropriate for checking their progress.
  • Graphs and images engage students and enhance learning and understanding, such as a multi-country scatterplot graph in the Aggression chapter illustrating decreased violence levels worldwide in the 20th century.
  • "Money Matters" boxes illuminate social psychology concepts by applying them to familiar concerns from everyday life. These entertaining, pragmatically useful extensions of each chapter's basic research themes include such topics as: How did some football teams pay a price for racial prejudice? Would You Sell Your Soul For $1? and Money, Men, and Mating.
  • The text focuses on the key findings that have shaped theoretical thought--including the best of both classic and current research--and helps students develop an integrative yet broad and informed understanding of the field.
  • Baumeister and Bushman succeed at their goal of putting the person back in the situation. Rather than focusing on humans as blank slates who just respond to situations, and treating the subject as unrelated lists of findings and phenomena, the authors use running themes throughout the book to emphasize the role of human nature and tie the material together. Themes include "the duplex mind," "putting people first," "the long road to social acceptance," and "nature says go, culture says stop."
  • A set of application modules at the end of the text can be assigned according to your preference. These modules apply social psychology to consumer behavior, health, the workplace, the law, and the environment.
  • "Food for Thought" boxes tie chapter material to an intriguing social psychology issue as it relates to food--a central theme in the lives of today's students, with college presenting a novel set of challenges and opportunities for eating, drinking, dieting, and related concerns. Topics include "It's the Thought that Counts (or Doesn't Count) the Calories," "Mood and Food," "Virtuous Vegetarians," and "Restaurants, Rules, and the Bad Taste of Nonconformity."
  • Many decisions and dilemmas involve tradeoffs, so there is often no single right answer that will suit everyone. "Tradeoffs" boxes help students develop a greater capacity to see both sides of many problems and behaviors, and realize that solving one problem will sometimes create another. Topics include "Now Versus Tomorrow: Delay of Gratification," "Self-Handicapping," "Affect Intensity, or the Joys of Feeling Nothing," and "Lower Expectations to Increase Happiness."

Table of Contents

1. The Mission and the Method.
2. Culture and Nature.
3. The Self.
4. Behavior Control: The Self in Action.
5. Social Cognition.
6. Emotion and Affect.
7. Attitudes, Beliefs, and Consistency.
8. Social Influence and Persuasion.
9. Prosocial Behavior: Doing What's Best for Others.
10. Aggression and Antisocial Behavior.
11. Attraction and Exclusion.
12. Close Relationships: Passion, Intimacy, and Sexuality.
13. Prejudice and Intergroup Relations.
14. Groups.

What's New

  • Every chapter in this edition is updated with the latest research findings.
  • To make the text more readable to students, the research referencing style has moved from using the American Psychological Association style to using the endnote reference style used in the top scientific journals (e.g., Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science).
  • To stimulate critical thinking, the popular "Tradeoffs" boxes examine such new topics as the tradeoff between potential harm to research participants and potential gains to society, research ethics, conscious and unconscious thought, the costs versus gains of personal gun ownership.
  • New discussions explore how people use social networking Internet sites such as Facebook as a new medium for self-presentation, how nature and culture shape each other, how much value people put on self-esteem, the Occupy movement, the Theory of Planned Behavior, and other topics.
  • The Application Modules at the end of the comprehensive edition have been revised and updated to include new research about advertising on social media, U.S. government efforts to increase healthy eating by using simpler ads, factors that influence work group productivity, territoriality in low and high context cultures, and eyewitness testimony.
  • Six to eight learning objectives have been added to every chapter and module to guide students' reading and help them focus on key concepts.
  • "Quiz Yourself" questions have been revised to facilitate greater conceptual (versus rote meomorization) student understanding of core concepts.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Roy F. Baumeister

Roy F. Baumeister is currently the Eppes Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton in 1978 and did a postdoctoral fellowship in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He spent over two decades at Case Western Reserve University. He has also worked at the University of Texas, the University of Virginia, the Max-Planck-Institute, the VU Free University of Amsterdam, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Russell Sage Foundation, the University of Bamberg (Germany), and Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Baumeister's 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 received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the Templeton Foundation. He has over 500 publications, and his 31 books include EVIL: INSIDE HUMAN VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY, THE CULTURAL ANIMAL, MEANINGS OF LIFE, and the New York Times bestseller WILLPOWER: REDISCOVERING THE GREATEST HUMAN STRENGTH. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him among the handful of most cited (most influential) psychologists in the world. He has received several major awards, including the William James Fellow award (their highest honor) from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Jack Block Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Brad Bushman

Brad J. Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, where he holds the Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication. He is also a professor of communication science at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the summer. For about 30 years he has conducted research on the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of human aggression and violence. He co-chaired the National Science Foundation youth violence advisory committee that was formed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. He also is a member of President Obama's committee on gun violence. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed journal articles. According to Google Scholar, his articles have been cited over 25,000 times. He is ranked #2 in citations among communication scholars. In 2013 he received the 2013 Ig Nobel Psychology Prize (signed by three Nobel Laureates) for research with French colleagues titled "'Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder': People who think they are drunk also think they are attractive." In 2014 he received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology, American Psychological Association. His research has challenged several myths (e.g., violent media have a trivial effect on aggression, venting anger reduces aggression, violent people suffer from low self-esteem, violence and sex on TV sell products, warning labels reduce audience size). One colleague calls him the "myth buster." His research has been published in the top scientific journals (e.g., Science, PNAS), and has been featured extensively in the mass media (e.g., BBC, New York Times, NPR).