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ISBN: 9780078035173 / 0078035171
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: JAN-11
Pages: 544

Copyright: 2012
Edition: 6
Format: Paperback
Exploring Social Psychology

David Myers


About the book

Based on the bestselling text, Social Psychology, 10th Edition, Exploring Social Psychology, 6th Edition succinctly explores social psychological science and its applications to contemporary issues and everyday life. Thirty-one short modules—each readable in a single sitting—introduce students to important social phenomena and to how scientists discover and explain such phenomena.

Throughout, students are challenged to think critically about such issues as:
• How does our thinking – both conscious and unconscious – drive our behavior'
• What leads people sometimes to hurt and sometimes to help one another'
• What kindles social conflict, and how can we transform closed fists into helping hands'

Answering these and other questions, Exploring Social Psychology, 6th Edition expands our self-understanding and sensitizes us to the social forces that pull our strings.

Key features

  • Updated to include new information and studies such as:
  • Behavior feeding attitudes (Module 9),
  • Dissonance research including research relating to the current Iraq war (Module 9),
  • New research on social norms and rule-breaking (Module 12),
  • Updated coverage regarding group conflict and preference for male leader (Module 13),
  • A replication of Milgram’s obedience experiment (Module 14), Research on effective anti-smoking ads (Module 16),
  • The wisdom of crowds and prediction markets (Module 17),
  • Deindividuation effects on the Internet (Module 19),
  • Group polarization in liberal and conservative communities (Module 20),
  • Recent studies of implicit prejudice (Module 22),
  • Studies of testosterone and aggression (Module 24),
  • Recent research on media influences (Module 24),
  • Studies of social exclusion and social pain (Module 26),
  • Speed dating experiments (Module 26),
  • Recent evolutionary psychology-based studies of fertility and attraction (Module 26),
  • Experiments on counterproductive effects of punishment (Module 28),
  • “The Inside Story” (Nicole Shelton and Jennifer Richeson) on cross-racial Friendships (Module 29),
  • IPCC consensus on global climate change (Module 31),
  • Prospects for a “new consciousness” that fosters sustainability (Module 31)
  • Provides new examples and data such as:
  • International data on gender and sexuality, and gender and social roles (Module 13),
  • Suggestibility, conformity, and obedience (Module 14),
  • Updated examples of political persuasion (Module 16),
  • Contemporary examples and updated data regarding various forms of prejudice (Module 22),
  • Updated information on human aggression, including the Congo and Iraq (Module 24),
  • Cross-cultural and political examples of common enemies and superordinate Goals (Module 29),
  • Examples of heroic altruism (Module 30),
  • Public opinion about effects of climate change (Module 31)
  • David Myers's inimitable writing style. Projecting a voice that is both solidly scientific and warmly human, David Myers draws the student into the study of social psychology with these essay-based modules. Myers examines 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.
  • Modular organization. By chunking the material into modules, Exploring Social Psychology makes student mastery of new material a less daunting task than when faced with a 40-plus page chapter.
  • Affordability. With Exploring Social Psychology, your students get a broad-based introduction to the core concepts of social psychology at an affordable price.
  • Correlation Guide:

    This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology, 4/e with the corresponding chapters in two of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Social Psychology textbooks by Myers.

  • About the author

    David Myers
    David G. Myers is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, where students have voted him "Outstanding Professor." Myers' love of teaching psychology is manifest in his writings for the lay public. His articles have appeared in two-dozen magazines and he has authored or co-authored ten books, including The Pursuit of Happiness (Avon, 1993) and The American Paradox (Yale University Press, 2000).

    Also an award-winning researcher, Myers received the Gordon Allport Prize from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association for his work on group polarization. His scientific articles have appeared in more than two-dozen journals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Science, and the American Psychologist. He has served his discipline as consulting editor to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

    In his spare time he has chaired his city's Human Relations Commission, helped found a community action agency which assists impoverished families, and spoken to dozens of collegiate and religious groups. David and Carol Myers are parents of two sons and a daughter.

    Table of contents

    Myers Exploring Social Psychology 5th Edition
    PART ONE Introducing Social Psychology
    MODULE 1 Doing Social Psychology
    MODULE 2 Did You Know It All Along'
    MODULE 3 Self-Concept: Who Am I'
    PART TWO Social Thinking
    MODULE 4 Self-Serving Bias
    MODULE 5 The Power of Positive Thinking
    MODULE 6 The Fundamental Attribution Error
    MODULE 7 The Powers and Perils of Intuition
    MODULE 8 Reasons for Unreason
    MODULE 9 Behavior and Belief
    MODULE 10 Clinical Intuition
    MODULE 11 Clinical Therapy: The Powers of Social Cognition
    PART THREE Social Influence
    MODULE 12 Human Nature and Cultural Diversity
    MODULE 13 Gender, Genes, and Culture
    MODULE 14 How Nice People Get Corrupted
    MODULE 15 Two Routes to Persuasion
    MODULE 16 Indoctrination and Inoculation
    MODULE 17 The Mere Presence of Others
    MODULE 18 Many Hands Make Diminished Responsibility
    MODULE 19 Doing Together What We Would Never Do Alone
    MODULE 20 How Groups Intensify Decisions
    MODULE 21 Power to the Person
    PART FOUR Social Relations
    MODULE 22 The Reach of Prejudice
    MODULE 23 The Roots of Prejudice
    MODULE 24 The Nature and Nurture of Aggression
    MODULE 25 Does the Media Influence Social Behavior'
    MODULE 26 Who Likes Whom'
    MODULE 27 The Ups and Downs of Love
    MODULE 28 Causes of Conflict
    MODULE 29 Blessed Are the Peacemakers
    MODULE 30 When Do People Help'
    MODULE 31 Social Psychology and the Sustainable Future
    Name Index
    Subject Index



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