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Social Psychology For Dummies

Social Psychology For Dummies

Daniel Richardson

ISBN: 978-1-118-77053-5

Aug 2014

336 pages



Written for psychology students, Social Psychology For Dummies is an accessible and entertaining introduction to the field. Social Psychology For Dummies follows a typical university course, which makes it the perfect reference if you're in need of a clear (and enjoyable) overview of the topic. Whether you plan is to get ahead of the game or make up for lost time, we have you covered.

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Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Social Psychology  5

Chapter 1: Introducing the Science of Social Psychology  7

Chapter 2: Exploring the Territory of Social Psychology  21

Chapter 3: Kitting Out: The Tools of Social Psychology  41

Part II: Understanding Attitudes and Actions 65

Chapter 4: Appraising Attitudes: The Troublesome Atoms of Social Psychology  67

Chapter 5: Uncovering Implicit Attitudes and Associations  81

Chapter 6: Investigating the Link between Behaviour and Attitudes  97

Part III: Thinking about Ourselves and Others  111

Chapter 7: Asking the Perennial Question: Who Am I?  113

Chapter 8: How Fantastic Am I! Looking at Self-serving Bias  123

Chapter 9: Attributing Causes to People’s Behaviour 135

Chapter 10: Making Judgements about Other People: Bias and Prejudice  149

Part IV: Comprehending Social Influence  163

Chapter 11: Appreciating the Power of the Situation 165

Chapter 12: Carrying Out Orders: Obedience  179

Chapter 13: Getting into Line: Conformity and Social Norms  195

Chapter 14: Persuading People to Part with Their Pounds  205

Part V: Assessing Relationships, Groups and Societies  219

Chapter 15: Interpersonal Relations: Liking, Loving and Living with Other People  221

Chapter 16: Examining the Benefits and Dangers of Social Groups   245

Chapter 17: Bridging Cross-Cultural Differences  261

Part VI: The Part of Tens  273

Chapter 18: Ten Questions for Getting the Most from Psychology Articles  275

Chapter 19: Ten Great Ways to Delve Deeper into Social Psychology  287

Index  295