Exploring Social Psychology

ISBN-10: 0073370649

ISBN-13: 9780073370644

Edition: 5th 2009

Authors: David G. Myers

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This brief, modular introduction to social psychology offers streamlined focus on issues such as belief and illusion, prejudice and diversity, and love and hate. The brevity of each of the book's 31 stand-alone modules makes this the perfect text for covering the core concepts in the field. By introducing social psychology in an essay format and by writing in a voice that is both solidly scientific and warmly human,Exploring Social Psychologyis able to reveal social psychology as an investigative reporter might, by providing a current summary of important social phenomena, by showing how social psychologists uncover and explain such phenomena, and by reflecting on their human significance. The new edition includes discussion of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath as an illustration of hindsight bias and availability heuristic, the Iraq War and belief perseverance, and terrorism and group polarization.
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List price: $113.67
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

David G. Myers is John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College.

Introducing Social Psychology
Doing Social Psychology
Forming and Testing Theories
Correlational Research: Detecting Natural Associations
Correlation and Causation
Experimental Research: Searching for Cause and Effect
Control: Manipulating Variables
Random Assignment: The Great Equalizer
The Ethics of Experimentation
Generalizing From Laboratory to Life
Did You Know It All Along?
Social Thinking
Self-Concept: Who Am I?
At the Center of Our Worlds: Our Sense of Self
Self and Culture
Explaining Our Behavior
Predicting Our Behavior
Predicting Our Feelings
The Wisdom and Illusions of Self-Analysis
Self-Serving Bias
Explaining Positive and Negative Events
Can We All Be Better than Average?
Focus On: Self-Serving Bias-How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways
Unrealistic Optimism
False Consensus and Uniqueness
Self-Esteem Motivation
Reflections on Self-Esteem and Self-Serving Bias
The Self-Serving Bias as Adaptive
The Self-Serving Bias as Maladaptive
The Power of Positive Thinking
Locus of Control
Learned Helplessness Versus Self-Determination
The Costs of Excess Choice
Reflections on Self-Efficacy
The Power of Positive Thinking
The Dark Side of Self-Esteem
The Fundamental Attribution Error
The Fundamental Attribution Error in Everyday Life
Why Do We Make the Attribution Error?
Perspective and Situational Awareness
Cultural Differences
How Fundamental Is the Fundamental Attribution Error?
The Powers and Perils of Intuition
The Powers of Intuition
The Limits of Intuition
We Overestimate the Accuracy of Our Judgments
Remedies for Overconfidence
Constructing Memories
Reconstructing Our Past Attitudes
Reconstructing Our Past Behavior
Reasons for Unreason
Our Preconceptions Control Our Interpretations
We Are More Swayed by Memorable Events than by Facts
We Misperceive Correlation and Control
Illusory Correlation
Illusion of Control
Our Beliefs Can Generate Their Own Confirmation
Do Teacher Expectations Affect Student Performance?
Do We Get What We Expect from Others?
Behavior and Belief
Do Attitudes Influence Behavior?
Does Behavior Influence Attitudes?
Role Playing
Saying Becomes Believing
The Foot-in-the-Door Phenomenon
Evil Acts and Attitudes
Interracial Behavior and Racial Attitudes
Why Does Behavior Affect Our Attitudes?
Clinical Intuition
Illusory Correlations
Self-Confirming Diagnoses
Clinical Versus Statistical Prediction
Implications for Better Clinical Practice
Clinical Therapy: The Powers of Social Cognition
Social Cognition and Depression
Distortion or Realism?
Is Negative Thinking a Cause or a Result of Depression?
Social Cognition and Loneliness
Social Cognition and Anxiety
Social-Psychological Approaches to Treatment
Inducing Internal Change Through External Behavior
Breaking Vicious Cycles
Social Influence
Human Nature and Cultural Diversity
Evolution and Behavior
Culture and Behavior
Cultural Diversity
Cultural Similarity
Gender, Genes, and Culture
Gender Difference
Independence Versus Connectedness
Social Dominance
Evolution and Gender: Doing What Comes Naturally?
Gender and Mating Preferences
Reflections on Evolutionary Psychology
Gender and Hormones
Culture and Gender
Gender Roles Vary with Culture and Time
Conclusions: Biology and Culture
How Nice People Get Corrupted
Asch's Studies of Conformity
Milgram's Obedience Experiments
What Breeds Obedience?
Institutional Authority
Reflections on the Classic Studies
Behavior and Attitudes
The Power of the Situation
The Fundamental Attribution Error
Two Routes to Persuasion
The Two Routes
The Elements of Persuasion
Who Says? The Communicator
What Is Said? The Message Content
To Whom Is It Said? The Audience
The Two Routes to Persuasion in Therapy
Indoctrination and Inoculation
Cult Indoctrination
Attitudes Follow Behavior
Persuasive Elements
Group Effects
Resisting Persuasion: Attitude Inoculation
Stimulate Commitment
Real-Life Applications: Inoculation Programs
The Mere Presence of Others
The Mere Presence of Others
Crowding: The Presence of Many Others
Why Are We Aroused in the Presence of Others?
Evaluation Apprehension
Driven by Distraction
Mere Presence
Many Hands Make Diminished Responsibility
Many Hands Make Light Work
Social Loafing in Everyday Life
Doing Together What We Would Never Do Alone
Group Size
Physical Anonymity
Arousing and Distracting Activities
Diminished Self-Awareness
How Groups Intensify Decisions
The Case of the "Risky Shift"
Do Groups Intensify Opinions?
Group Polarization Experiments
Group Polarization in Everyday Life
Explaining Group Polarization
Informational Influence
Normative Influence
Symptoms of Groupthink
Groupthink in Action
Preventing Groupthink
Power to the Person
Interacting Persons and Situations
Resisting Social Pressure
Asserting Uniqueness
Minority Influence
Defections from the Majority
Is Leadership Minority Influence?
Social Relations
The Challenge of Diversity
What Is Prejudice?
How Pervasive Is Prejudice?
Racial Prejudice
Gender Prejudice
The Roots of Prejudice
Social Sources of Prejudice
Unequal Status
Discrimination's Impact: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Stereotype Threat
Social Identity
Ingroup Bias
Emotional Sources of Prejudice
Frustration and Aggression: The Scapegoat Theory
Personality Dynamics
Cognitive Sources of Prejudice
Attribution: Is It a Just World?
The Nature and Nurture of Aggression
Theories of Aggression
Is Aggression an Instinct?
Neural Influences
Genetic Influences
Blood Chemistry
Psychological Influences on Aggression
Frustration and Aggression
The Learning of Aggression
Environmental Influences
Reducing Aggression
A Social Learning Approach
Does the Media Influence Social Behavior?
Pornography and Sexual Violence
Distorted Perceptions of Sexual Reality
Aggression Against Women
Television's Effects on Behavior
Media Influences: Video Games
The Games Kids Play
Effects of the Games Kids Play
Who Likes Whom?
Anticipation of Interaction
Mere Exposure
Focus On: Liking Things Associated with Oneself
Physical Attractiveness
Attractiveness and Dating
The Matching Phenomenon
The Physical-Attractiveness Stereotype
Who Is Attractive?
Similarity Versus Complementarity
Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together?
Do Opposites Attract?
Liking Those Who Like Us
Self-Esteem and Attraction
Our Need to Belong
The Ups and Downs of Love
Passionate Love
A Theory of Passionate Love
Variations in Love
Companionate Love
Maintaining Close Relationships
Ending Relationships
Who Divorces?
The Detachment Process
Causes of Conflict
Social Dilemmas
The Prisoner's Dilemma
The Tragedy of the Commons
Resolving Social Dilemmas
Perceived Injustice
Mirror-Image Perceptions
Shifting Perceptions
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Does Desegregation Improve Racial Attitudes?
When Does Desegregation Improve Racial Attitudes?
Common External Threats
Superordinate Goals
Cooperative Learning
When Do People Help?
Why Do People Help?
When Do People Help?
Number of Bystanders
Assuming Responsibility
Social Psychology and the Sustainable Future
Enabling Sustainable Living
New Technologies
Reducing Consumption
The Social Psychology of Materialism and Wealth
Increased Materialism
Wealth and Well-Being
Materialism Fails to Satisfy
Toward Sustainability and Survival
Name Index
Subject Index
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