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Social Psychology and Human Nature, Comprehensive Edition, 2nd Edition

  • Roy F. Baumeister Florida State University
  • Brad Bushman University of Michigan
  • ISBN-10: 0495601330  |  ISBN-13: 9780495601333
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008
  • © 2011 | Published
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Overview

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE, 2ND 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 helps students make sense of the sometimes baffling—but always interesting—diversity of human behavior.

Features and Benefits

  • 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. The five included with the first edition were: (Module A) Applying Social Psychology to Consumer Behavior, (Module B) Applying Social Psychology to Health, (Module C) Applying Social Psychology to the Workplace , (Module D) Applying Social Psychology to the Law, and (Module E) Applying Social Psychology to the Environment.
  • A distinctive early chapter on "Culture and Nature" (Chapter 2) sets up the big picture—how do social psychologists explain people? Departing from the traditional battle of nature versus nurture, this book follows the emerging understanding that nature and culture work together—and that nature designed the human being to be capable of complex social systems and culture. The authors also introduce the themes that run throughout the book, including the theme of the cultural animal and the idea that inner processes serve interpersonal functions.
  • "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."

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.
Application Modules.
A. Applying Social Psychology to Consumer Behavior.
B. Applying Social Psychology to Health.
C. Applying Social Psychology to the Workplace
D. Applying Social Psychology to Law.
E. Applying Social Psychology to the Environment.

What's New

  • To create a more logical sequence and organization, the chapter on social influence (formerly Chapter 13) now appears as Chapter 8, immediately following the chapter on attitudes.
  • Each of the very popular self-quizzes now 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.
  • A greater number of graphs and images enhances visual learning and understanding as well as provides a more visually engaging format.
  • Revised throughout to incorporate the latest research, the text includes recent findings on emotion, the relationship between violence and video games, power and leadership, and lying (in response to rising interest in the subject in the popular media and culture). A new section shows that the world is becoming more peaceful despite violent representations in the media. In addition, Chapter 2 has been honed to clarify the book’s presentation of its grand context for understanding social behavior; Chapter 4 has a clearer focus on choice, decision making, and other issues of control.
  • "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? Money, Men, and Mating

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Cengage Advantage Books: Social Psychology and Human Nature  (ISBN-10: 0495909939 | ISBN-13: 9780495909934)

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE, 2ND 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 helps students make sense of the sometimes baffling—but always interesting—diversity of human behavior.

List Price = $209.95  | CengageBrain Price = $209.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $155.75

Social Psychology and Human Nature, Brief Version  (ISBN-10: 0495602655 | ISBN-13: 9780495602651)

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE, 2ND 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 helps students make sense of the sometimes baffling—but always interesting—diversity of human behavior.

List Price = $247.95  | CengageBrain Price = $247.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $183.75

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Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 049560223X | ISBN-13: 9780495602231)

For each chapter of the text, this Test Bank, written by Kelly Bouas Henry of Missouri Western State University, includes approximately 140 multiple-choice questions; 15 true-false questions; 15 fill-in questions; and 5–7 short essay questions. Each question is coded with information as to its answer, difficulty level, question type, and main-text page reference. The entire Test Bank is available electronically in ExamView on PowerLecture.

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Instructor’s Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495602019 | ISBN-13: 9780495602019)

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Revealing Psychology DVD  (ISBN-10: 0547014538 | ISBN-13: 9780547014531)

Revealing Psychology Video (available on DVD) is ideal for both classroom presentation and on-line 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.

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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).