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.



A photo from a white supremacist website showing Dylann Storm Roof holding a Confederate battle flag, March 11, 2015. Roof murdered nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in a racially motivated killing on June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.


Learning Objectives

  • 9.1 Distinguish the various types of aggression; summarize the evolutionary perspective on aggression and the roles of genetics, testosterone, and brain structure/function in aggression.
  • 9.2 Summarize the social learning approach to media violence and evaluate the evidence that supports or undermines the connection between media exposure and real-world aggression.
  • 9.3 Compare and contrast the original frustration-aggression hypothesis and the cognitive neoassociationist theory of emotional aggression; describe the three key contextual factors that affect aggression; identify the effects of social rejection and provocation ...
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