Employing a lively and accessible writing style, author Daniel W. Barrett integrates up-to-date coverage of social psychology’s core theories, concepts, and research with a discussion of emerging developments in the field–including social neuroscience and the social psychology of happiness, religion, and sustainability. Engaging examples, Applying Social Psychology sections, and a wealth of pedagogical features help readers cultivate a deep understanding of the causes of social behavior.

Introducing Social Psychology

Introducing Social Psychology

Introducing Social Psychology

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Learning Objectives

  • 1.1 Define social psychology and contrast it with the other social sciences and psychology subdisciplines.
  • 1.2 Identify the six fundamental questions of human existence and explain their relevance to social psychology.
  • 1.3 Outline how social psychology has evolved since the early 20th century; explain how the first textbooks contributed to the development of social psychology; describe Kurt Lewin’s contribution to understanding social behavior; discuss the three levels of explanation and illustrate how they can help us understand social behavior.
  • 1.4 Identify the four principles of social psychology and provide an example to illustrate each.
  • 1.5 Discuss the hindsight bias and its relevance ...
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