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Social Psychology, 8th Edition

By Elliot Aronson, Timothy D. Wilson, Robin M. Akert

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 16, 2012

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Research made relevant through a storytelling approach.


This renowned text maintains its acclaimed storytelling approach, teaching the science of psychology through an engaging narrative that makes research relevant to students. Drawing upon their extensive experience as researchers and teachers, Elliot Aronson, Tim Wilson, and Robin Akert present the classic research that has driven the field and introduce cutting-edge research that is the future of social psychology. Significantly updated to reflect advances in the discipline, the 8th edition provides a firm foundation for students to build their understanding of this rigorous science in a way that engages and fascinates.


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  • Improve Critical Thinking — The authors emphasize this rigorous science through research examples that encourage students to think twice about their preconceived notions of what social psychology is - and isn’t.
  • Engage Students — Through real-life vignettes, which open each story chapter, and “mini-stories” throughout each chapter, the eighth edition provokes student interest by focusing on real-life examples.
  • Explore Research — The authors present a balance between the latest findings in the field with classic research in social psychology. Noting that some older studies deserve their status as classics and are important cornerstones to the discipline, this text encourages students to experience the continuity and depth of the field versus regarding it as a collection of studies published in the past few years.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing Social Psychology


Chapter 2 Methodology: How Social Psychologists Do Research


Chapter 3 Social Cognition: How We Think about the Social World


Chapter 4 Social Perception: How We Come to Understand Other People


Chapter 5 The Self: Understanding Ourselves in a Social Context


Chapter 6 The Need to Justify Our Actions


Chapter 7 Attitudes and Attitude Change: Influencing Thoughts and Feelings


Chapter 8 Conformity: Influencing Behavior


Chapter 9 Group Processes: Influence in Social Groups

Chapter 10 Interpersonal Attraction: From First Impressions to Close Relationships


Chapter 11 Prosocial Behavior: Why Do People Help?


Chapter 12 Aggression: Why Do We Hurt Other People? Can We Prevent It?


Chapter 13 Prejudice: Causes and Cures


Chapter 14 Social Psychology in Action 1: Making a Difference with Social Psychology: Attaining a Sustainable Future


Chapter 15 Social Psychology in Action 2: Social Psychology and Health


Chapter 16 Social Psychology in Action 3: Social Psychology and the Law