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Social Psychology: Introducing Social Psychology

Text materials for SWK 221


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What Is Social Psychology?


About the Book
1. Introducing Social Psychology
Defining Social Psychology: History and Principles
Affect, Behavior, and Cognition
Conducting Research in Social Psychology
Chapter Summary
2. Social Cognition
Sources of Social Knowledge
How We Use Our Expectations
Social Cognition and Affect
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Social Cognition
Chapter Summary
3. The Self
The Cognitive Self: The Self-Concept
The Feeling Self: Self-Esteem
The Social Self: The Role of the Social Situation
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about the Self
Chapter Summary
4. Attitudes, Behavior, and Persuasion
Exploring Attitudes
Changing Attitudes through Persuasion
Changing Attitudes by Changing Behavior
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Attitudes, Behavior, and Persuasion
Chapter Summary
5. Perceiving Others
Initial Impression Formation
Inferring Dispositions Using Causal Attribution
Biases in Attribution
Individual Differences in Person Perception
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Person Perception
Chapter Summary
6. Influencing and Conforming
The Many Varieties of Conformity
Obedience, Power, and Leadership
Person, Gender, and Cultural Differences in Conformity
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Social Influence
Chapter Summary
7. Liking and Loving
Initial Attraction
Close Relationships: Liking and Loving over the Long Term
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Liking and Loving
Chapter Summary
8. Helping and Altruism
Understanding Altruism: Self and Other Concerns
The Role of Affect: Moods and Emotions
How the Social Context Influences Helping
Other Determinants of Helping
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Altruism
Chapter Summary
9. Aggression
Defining Aggression
The Biological and Emotional Causes of Aggression
The Violence around Us: How the Social Situation Influences Aggression
Personal and Cultural Influences on Aggression
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Aggression
Chapter Summary
10. Working Groups: Performance and Decision Making
Understanding Social Groups
Group Performance
Group Decision Making
Improving Group Performance and Decision Making
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Social Groups
Chapter Summary
11. Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Social Categorization and Stereotyping
Ingroup Favoritism and Prejudice
Reducing Discrimination
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Chapter Summary
12. Competition and Cooperation in Our Social Worlds
Conflict, Cooperation, Morality, and Fairness
How the Social Situation Creates Conflict: The Role of Social Dilemmas
Strategies for Producing Cooperation
Thinking Like a Social Psychologist about Cooperation and Competition
Chapter Summary
About the Authors

1.1 Defining Social Psychology: History and Principles

1.2 Affect, Behavior, and Cognition

1.3 Conducting Research in Social Psychology

1.4 Chapter Summary

Learning Outcomes


  1. Define social psychology.
  2. Review the history of the field of social psychology and the topics that social psychologists study.
  3. Summarize the principles of evolutionary psychology.
  4. Describe and provide examples of the person-situation interaction.
  5. Review the concepts of (a) social norms and (b) cultures.


Current Textbook Outline

Table of Contents

Social Psychology 11th Edition
Chapter 1: Introducing Social Psychology 
Part One: Social Thinking
Chapter 2: The Self in a Social World 
Chapter 3: Social Beliefs and Judgments 
Chapter 4: Behavior and Attitudes 
Part Two: Social Influence 
Chapter 5: Genes, Culture, and Gender 
Chapter 6: Conformity and Obedience 
Chapter 7: Persuasion 
Chapter 8: Group Influence 
Part Three: Social Relations 
Chapter 9: Prejudice: Disliking Others 
Chapter 10: Aggression: Hurting Others 
Chapter 11: Attraction and Intimacy: Liking and Loving Others 
Chapter 12: Helping 
Chapter 13: Conflict and Peacemaking 
Chapter 14: Social Psychology in the Clinic 
Chapter 15: Social Psychology in Court 
Chapter 16: Social Psychology and the Sustainable Future


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