Understanding Critical Social Psychology is an exciting new textbook providing a comprehensive and reader-friendly approach to the theories and methods surrounding Critical Social Psychology. This book combines a critical examination of the traditional philosophies, practices and topics with an emphasis on introducing innovative and contemporary developments in social psychological research. In this way, Tuffin integrates newer insights with established modes of thinking.

Experimentation and the Social World

Experimentation and the social world


This chapter sets out to examine and critique the way in which social psychology has sought to understand the social world through research that has employed experimentation. It begins with a review of three classical studies that have had an important influence in shaping the direction of contemporary social psychology. These studies might well be regarded as ‘standard’ studies in that they share a number of similarities consistent with the aspirations of mainstream experimental research. As examples of the experimental tradition they combine both cleverness and conceit, fascination and flaw. These studies are introduced for readers who are unfamiliar with them, and reviewed for those who already know of this work. The first study comes from ...

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