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.

Group Processes

Group Processes

Soccer fans rioting at a soccer match between Al-Ahly and Al-Masry in Egypt in 2012.

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Learning Objectives

  • 12.1 Define group, groupiness, social selection, common-identity and common-bond groups, cohesiveness, and entitativity.
  • 12.2 Summarize the early research on social facilitation and examine how the three theories discussed in the chapter explain it.
  • 12.3 Discuss social loafing and free riding, explain why they occur, how to prevent or reduce them; describe deindividuation, Zimbardo’s explanation for it, and the social identity alternative explanation.
  • 12.4 Outline the ODDI; analyze the groupthink model, including its major antecedents, symptoms, and risks, and the strategies to prevent it; describe group polarization and compare and contrast the three explanations for it.
  • 12.5 Compare and contrast majority and minority influence and explain conversion theory, social ...

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