Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change

ISBN-10: 141292975X
ISBN-13: 9781412929752
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 12/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

`An outstanding new text. Written in an engaging style it provides an impressive review of both basic and applied work. Classic studies are interwoven with important recent findings to provide a scholarly overview of this exciting area of social psychology' - Professor Mark Conner, University of Leeds`Maio and Haddock provide an excellent up-to-date summary of the key findings in the field in their very readable new text' - Richard E. Petty, Ohio State UniversityPeople spontaneously evaluate things. We form opinions on topics such as war and climate change, on other people such as our work colleagues and celebrities, and on behaviours such as sexual activity and waste recycling. At times, these attitudes can be the focus of bitter debate, and as humans we naturally crave to understand attitudes and how to change them.In four sections and 11 chapters, Greg Maio and Geoffrey Haddock describe how scientific methods have been used to better understand attitudes and how they change. The first section looks at what attitudes are and why they are important. The second section examines the ability of attitudes to predict behaviour. From there, the authors consider how attitudes are formed and changed. Finally, they present a variety of major issues for understanding internal (such as, neurological) and external (such as, culture) influences on attitude, along with unresolved questions. With the aid of a few helpful metaphors, the text provides readers with a grasp of the fundamental concepts for understanding attitudes and an appreciation of the scientific challenges that lie ahead.The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change is for students in psychology, health psychology, communication, business and political science. It is a core text for courses in the psychology of attitudes, persuasion, and social influence and a key resource for modules in social cognition and introductory social psychology

Why Do Attitudes Matter?
What Are Attitudes and How Are They Measured?
The Three Witches of Attitude
What Do Attitudes Do?
The Influence of Attitudes on Information Processing and Behaviour
How Do Attitudes Influence Behaviour?
What Shapes Attitudes?
Cognitive Influences on Attitudes
Affective Influences on Attitudes
Behavioural Influences on Attitudes
Basic Principles in How Attitudes are Shaped
What More is There to Learn?
The Internal World
The External World
Adding to the Witches' Brew

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