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Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology, 4th Edition

Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology, 4th Edition

Susan T. Fiske

ISBN: 978-1-119-49210-8

Jul 2018

$47.50

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It is a nearly universal truth that people need people; humans have adapted to life with other humans, and the interactions and relationships that result are the most relevant adaptation environment. This book explores the core motives and goals that shape these interactions with others, with the self, and collectively as a group; in other words, “Why do people do what they do?” A brief overview of the field’s unifying themes—belonging, understanding, controlling, enhancing self, and trusting—gives way to a detailed exploration of the human condition as well as the techniques used to study and understand it.

By delving into the motivations behind attraction, helping, bias, persuasion, aggression, and more, this book helps students grasp the complex interplay of internal and external cues and influences that inform every interaction. An emphasis on real-world applications relates social psychology principles to everyday life, and this latest revision has been updated with the most recent research and trends to provide an accurate picture of the state of the field. Blending traditional topics with new developments in an informal, readable style makes this the ideal text to ignite students’ deeper interest and full engagement with social psychology concepts.

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PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION xix

PREFACE TO LATER EDITIONS xxiii

ABOUT THE AUTHOR xxv

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION: ADAPTIVE MOTIVES FOR SOCIAL SITUATIONS, VIA CULTURES AND BRAINS   1

Chapter 2 SCIENTIFIC METHODS FOR STUDYING PEOPLE IN INTERACTION   37

Chapter 3 ORDINARY PERSONOLOGY: FIGURING OUT WHY PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY DO   81

Chapter 4 SOCIAL COGNITION: MAKING SENSE OF OTHERS   127

Chapter 5 THE SELF: SOCIAL TO THE CORE   177

Chapter 6 ATTITUDES AND PERSUASION: CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS   225

Chapter 7 ATTRACTION: INITIATING ROMANCE, FRIENDSHIP, AND OTHER RELATIONSHIPS   277

Chapter 8 CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS: PASSION, INTERDEPENDENCE, COMMITMENT, AND INTIMACY   303

Chapter 9 HELPING: PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR   341

Chapter 10 AGGRESSION: ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR   389

Chapter 11 STEREOTYPING, PREJUDICE, AND DISCRIMINATION: SOCIAL BIASES   427

Chapter 12 SMALL GROUPS: ONGOING INTERACTIONS   481

Chapter 13 SOCIAL INFLUENCE: DOING WHAT OTHERS DO AND SAY   531

Chapter 14 CONCLUSION: SOCIAL BEINGS   559

REFERENCES 571

AUTHOR INDEX 659

SUBJECT INDEX 677

New to this Edition:

  • New coverage of cutting-edge topics including embodied cognition, mind perception, emotion, terrorism, and homosexual close relationships
  • Inclusion of social neuroscience perspectives throughout the topic discussions, mirroring the current trends in the field
  • Updated coverage of the latest research pertaining to both core topics and new explorations 

Wiley Advantage:

  • Blends classic and contemporary topics to build a more relevant understanding of the field
  • Integrates cultural considerations throughout, rather than as a separate topic
  • Draws on the latest research, classical and contemporary fiction, and examples from students themselves
  • Emphasizes applications including health, law, politics, marketing, and more
  • Builds from well-designed pedagogy to logically flow from the intrapersonal, to the interpersonal, to group dynamics
  • Introduces social psychology fundamentals in a uniquely engaging manner