Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

Roy Baumeister,

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

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"The set offers clear descriptions of commonly used and sometimes misunderstood terms, e.g., cultural differences, authoritarian personality, and neuroticism. The field has expanded since publication of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, ed. by A. Manstead and M. Hewstone et al. (CH, Jan ′96, 33-2457), and this work is a valuable response to that. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels."

Not long ago, social psychology was a small field consisting of creative, energetic researchers bent on trying to study a few vexing problems in normal adult human behavior with rigorous scientific methods. In a few short decades, the field has blossomed into a major intellectual force, with thousands of researchers worldwide exploring a stunningly diverse set of fascinating phenomena with an impressive arsenal of research methods and ever more carefully honed theories.

The Encyclopedia of Social Psychology is designed as a road map to this rapidly growing and important field and provides individuals with a simple, clear, jargon-free introduction. These two volumes include more than 600 entries chosen by a diverse team of experts to comprise an exhaustive list of the most important concepts. Entries provide brief, clear, and readable explanations to the vast number of ideas and concepts that make up the intellectual and scientific content in the area of social psychology.

Key Features  
  • Provides background to each concept, explains what researchers are now doing with it, and discusses where it stands in relation to other concepts in the field
  • Translates jargon into plain, clear, everyday language rather than speaking in the secret language of the discipline
  • Offers contributions from prominent, well-respected researchers extending over the many subfields of social psychology that collectively have a truly amazing span of expertise
Key Themes  
  • Action Control
  • Antisocial Behaviors
  • Attitude
  • Culture
  • Emotions
  • Evolution
  • Groups
  • Health
  • History
  • Influence
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Methods
  • Personality
  • Prejudice
  • Problem Behaviors
  • Prosocial Behaviors
  • Self
  • Social Cognition
  • Subdisciplines

The Encyclopedia of Social Psychology is the first resource to present students, researchers, scholars, and practitioners with state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts from this fascinating field. It is a must have resource for all academic libraries.
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