New Directions in Social Psychology

New Directions in Social Psychology

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Social psychology is the study of how normal people think, feel, and behave as influenced by (real or imagined) others. This collection picks up from Michael Hogg's influential set, Social Psychology, published in 2002 to set out and explain the several changes the field has gone through since the mid-nineties. Social psychology now places more emphasis on studying the brain, cognitive-to-bodily effects, and goal pursuit. To be sure, classic topics such as prejudice, motivation, emotion, and interpersonal relationships are prominent still as this collection also illustrates.

The articles selected include influential theories and conceptual reviews, feature empirical articles on edgy new theories, showcase state-of-the-art methodological advances, and cover topics of perennial interest in the field.

Volume 1: General Principles covers major theories that advanced the field's thinking, ...

Editors' Introduction: New Directions in Social Psychology
RoyF.Baumeister and KathleenD.Vohs

Some people think social psychology is mainly the study of groups or of human interactions. In empirical fact, it has become much more (and these days the study of groups is a very small part of what social psychologists do). Social psychology has become one of the most open and unrestricted enterprises in science. Many other subfields of psychology have a specific focus, such as an emphasis on children (developmental psychology), on people with mental illness (abnormal psychology), or on brain processes (neuroscience). Things that do not fit any of these specific criteria fall in social psychology, which means that social psychology has gradually emerged as the study of “everything else.” In rough terms, social psychology ...

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