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Essential Social Psychology

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Chapter 1: History, Methods and Approaches A History Research Methods Research Ethics Chapter 2: Attribution The Naive Scientist Attribution Theory Making Attributions Attributional Biases Attribution and Social Processes Social Representations Chapter 3: Social Cognition The Cognitive Miser Versus the Naive Scientist Heuristics The Motivated Tactician Social Categorization Dual Process Theories Chapter 4: Attitudes Attitude Formation Attitudes and Behaviour Attitude Change Chapter 5: Social Influence Social Norms Confirmity Minority Influence Obedience Social Impact Theory Chapter 6: Group Processes Groups Leadership Chapter 7: Self and Identity Self-awareness Organization of Self-knowledge Theories of Self-concept Maintenance Self-esteem Self-motives Cultural Differences in Self and Identity Chapter 8: Prejudice Prejudice: Old and New Individual Differences in Prejudice Reducing Prejudice Chapter 9: Intergroup Relations Theories of Intergroup Relations Improving Intergroup Relations Chapter 10: Aggression Theories of Aggression Person-Centred Determinants of Aggression Situation-Centred Determinants of Aggression Disinhibition Forms of Agression in Society Chapter 11: Prosocial Behaviour What is Prosocial Behaviour? Origins of Prosocial Behaviour Situation-Centred Determinants of Helping Perceiver-Centred Determinants of Helping Recipient-Centred Determinants of Helping Receiving Help Chapter 12: Affiliation and Attraction Affiliation Interpersonal Attraction Chapter 13: Friendship and Love Friendship Romantic Relationships Relationship Satisfaction and Commitment Chapter 14: Applications A History of Applying Social Psychology Organizations Health Tolerance

About the Author

Richard Crisp is a Professor of Psychology at the Aston Business School. He read Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and carried out his doctoral research at Cardiff University. In 1999 he took up his first lecturing position at the University of Birmingham, then in 2007 took up his first Chair in the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent. After a three-year term as Head of School, in 2012 he was appointed Chair in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. He moved to his current position at the Aston Business School in 2014. Richard's research has covered the full range of topics that comprise social psychology, from studies on the formation and reduction of prejudice, to the self and identity processes involved in interpersonal relations, from studies of mere exposure and attitude formation, to studies of social categorization. He has published this work in over 130 articles, chapters and books, including papers in American Psychologist, Psychological Science, Psychological Bulletin and Science. This work has been recognized with awards from scholarly societies including the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Mid-Career Prize and Spearman Medal. Together with Rhiannon Turner he received the 2011 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (for the best paper of the year on intergroup relations). He is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and former Deputy Chair of the British Psychological Society's Research Board. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Rhiannon Turner is a Professor of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast. She did her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, her MSc at the University of Kent, and her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford. In 2006, she was awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham, before taking up a lectureship at the University of Leeds in 2007. She moved to her current position at Queen's University Belfast in 2012. The main focus of her research is intergroup relations, with a particular interest in direct and indirect forms of contact (such as extended and imagined contact, and nostalgic recall of contact) as means of changing intergroup attitudes and behaviours. This research has been published in journals such as American Psychologist, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin, and has been funded by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the National Institute for Health Research. She is winner of the British Psychological Society award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology (2007) and the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology's Robert B. Cialdini Award (2007) for contributions to field research in social psychology. Together with Richard Crisp she received the 2011 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (for the best paper of the year on intergroup relations). She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.


In their newest edition of Essential Social Psychology, Crisp and Turner present the classic research in Social Psychology and show its relevance to current, real world events. This clear and easy to read integration of the past and the present makes Essential Social Psychology the perfect textbook for both students and teachers alike. I expect that my students will give me the same feedback on the newest edition as they have for past editions: 'Finally a psychology text that doesn't cure insomnia!' -- Debra F. Glaser, PhD, ABPP This highly accessible and very readable text offers an applied and critical focus to some of the essential social psychological theories and research making it a must for anyone interested in finding out more about social psychology. -- Lucy Betts Having endorsed this text book previously, and used it for the last three years, I still get asked by students if it's still one of those books I wish I had written. This updated edition still manages to convey complicated information to students in a clear and easy to comprehend manner - so yes, it's still one of those books I wish I'd written. -- Gareth Hall

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