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.

Social Perception

Social Perception

Speed interviewing is used by a wide range of companies. Here, an applicant for job in petroleum engineering strives to leave a favorable impression.

AP Photo/Tim Johnson.

Learning Objectives

  • 5.1 Explain the additive and configural models of impression formation and illustrate each with an example.
  • 5.2 Describe what is meant by a “thin slice” and the research that has supported its predictive value; describe implicit personality theories; explain how expectations or prophecies can be self-fulfilling.
  • 5.3 Name and define Ekman’s five categories of nonverbal behavior; identify the six universal facial expressions; explain blended emotions and display rules.
  • 5.4 Identify and explain the major challenges of cross-cultural research.
  • 5.5 Summarize the research on conscious and nonconscious deception detection and on the four cognitive illusions.
  • 5.6 Define attribution and explain the ...
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