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Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic, and Contemporary Selections, 8th edition

  • Wayne A. Lesko

Published by Pearson (June 23rd 2011) - Copyright © 2012

8th edition

Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic, and Contemporary Selections

ISBN-13: 9780205179671

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Provides a breadth of exposure to information in the field


Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic, and Contemporary Selections exposes readers to the scope and variety of information available in social psychology.


The collection of readings provides the reader with a range of articles in social psychology and is accompanied by critical thinking and integrative questions. It utilizes general, classic, and contemporary sources of material and presents full articles, unlike many comparable books. This detailed exposure of the reader to full-length articles, especially the classic and contemporary sources, provides a level of understanding not found in abridged materials. Students gain a greater understanding of the articles in each chapter with critical thinking and chapter integration questions that allow them to connect materials to other topics and to their own lives.


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Table of contents







Chapter 1: The Field of Social Psychology

Chapter 2: Social Perception

Chapter 3: Social Cognition
Chapter 4: Attitudes

Chapter 5: Social Identity

Chapter 6: Prejudice and Discrimination

Chapter 7: Interpersonal Attraction

Chapter 8: Close Relationships

Chapter 9: Social Influence

Chapter 10: Prosocial Behavior

Chapter 11: Aggression

Chapter 12: Group Behavior

Chapter 13: Business Psychology

Chapter 14: Forensic Psychology

Chapter 15: Health Psychology




Chapter 1: The Field of Social Psychology

Article 1 How to be a wise consumer of psychological research, by The American Psychological Association

Article 2 Human use of human subjects: The problem of deception in social psychological research, by Herbert C. Kelman

Article 3 Social influences on paranormal belief: Popular versus scientific support, by Heather Ridolfo, Amy Baxter, and Jeffrey W. Lucas


Chapter 2: Social Perception

Article 4 The once-over: Can you trust first impressions?  by Carlin Flora

Article 5 The warm-cold variable in first impressions of persons, by Harold H. KelleyArticle 6 Indirect detection of deception: Looking for change, by Christian L. Hart, Derek G. Fillmore, and James D. Griffith


Chapter 3: Social Cognition

Article 7 Some systematic biases in everyday judgment, by Thomas Gilovich

Article 8 Cognitive, social, and physiological determinants of emotional states, by Stanley Schachter and Jerome E. Singer

Article 9 Lasting false beliefs and their behavioral consequences, by Elke Geraerts, Daniel M. Bernstein, Harald Merckelbach, Christel Linders, Linsey Raymackers, and Elizabeth F. LoftusChapter Four: Attitudes

Article 10 Changing behavior by degrees, by Michael Price

Article 11 Cognitive consequences of forced compliance, by Leon Festinger and James M. Carlsmith

Article 12 The origins of cognitive dissonance: Evidence from children and monkeys, by Louisa C. Egan, Laurie R. Santos, and Paul Bloom


Chapter 5: Social Identity

Article 13 The many me’s of the self-monitor, by Mark Snyder

Article 14 The measurement of psychological androgyny, by Sandra L. Bem

Article 15 Reducing narcissistic aggression by buttressing self-esteem: An experimental field study, by Sander Thomaes, Brad J. Bushman, Bram Orobio de Castro, Geoffrey L. Cohen, and Jaap J.A. Denissen


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