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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Social Psychology

ISBN 9780230218031
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Have you ever wondered why some people are attracted to each other? Or why some of your friends are more open to persuasion than others? Perhaps you've always wanted to know how to tell if someone is lying to you?

Social Psychology is a dynamic new textbook that captures the vitality of the discipline and its relevance to everyday life, helping you to answer questions such as these. With its distinctive coverage of classic concepts as well as emerging areas, this is the definitive introduction to social psychology. Furthermore, innovative feature boxes and fascinating real-life examples will help you develop a range of skills that will be relevant to your future career. 

Social Psychology:

  • takes an inclusive and open-minded look at key topics, incorporating a range of different viewpoints that are essential to understanding the discipline in the 21st century
  • is written with a broad international perspective, covering classic and contemporary research from all parts of the world
  • includes a variety of novel and lively features, including: 'blind spots in social psychology', 'student project' features, and 'try it yourself' exercises
  • provides a chapter dedicated to the lessons and skills that can be learned from the study of social psychology and how you can apply these to your future studies and career.

Social Psychology comes with a companion website at www.palgrave.com/psychology/suttondouglas where students and lecturers can find a host of high-quality supporting materials.

Robbie Sutton was born in Wellington, New Zealand and completed undergraduate degrees in English, philosophy and psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, and went onto study for his PhD there. He has had teaching positions at Massey University (NZ), Keele University (UK), and now the University of Kent, where he is Reader in Psychology. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on topics such as justice, inequality, gender, the fear of crime, feedback and causal explanation. He has also acted as a consultant on projects in environmental and community psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Social Psychology, the British Journal of Social Psychology and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. With Matthew Hornsey and Karen Douglas, Robbie edited Feedback: The Communication of Praise, Criticism and Advice.

Karen Douglas was born in Blackburn, England and grew up in the Hunter Valley, Australia. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle and her PhD at the Australian National University. Karen moved back to the UK to take up a lectureship at Keele University and later moved to the University of Kent where she is now a Reader in Psychology. Karen has many research interests, most notably on the social psychology of conspiracy theories, language and communication, and the psychology of the internet, having published and taught broadly in these areas. She has been an associate editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology, Social Psychology and the British Journal of Social Psychology.

1. The discipline of social psychology
2. The social self: understanding ourselves
3. The social perceiver: understanding the social world
4. The social judge: attitudes, emotions and behaviour
5. Communication
6. Persuasion
7. Close relationships
8. The social group
9. Social influence
10. Group behaviour
11. Intergroup relations
12. Improving intergroup relations
13. Understanding and controlling aggression
14. Altruism and justice
15. Social psychology: an overview


"From the outset this book unites contemporary social issues with the scientific practice of social psychology, presenting the foundations of the discipline in a clear, engaging and relevant way. I think this text would make a fantastic first encounter with the discipline." - Julian A. Oldmeadow, University of York, UK "A highly accessible, inspiring, and up-to-date overview of the field and Sutton and Douglas manage to describe the most interesting research findings that social psychology has to offer, along with recognizable real-life implications and all the challenges of doing research. I recommend any lecturer to use this as their core text, as it will stimulate students to learn more about our exciting discipline." – Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands "A bracingly original social psychology text. Unlike many examples of the genre, it speaks with a truly international voice and takes an appreciative and inclusive stance towards the diversity of approaches within its field. Most important of all, the book is fun and engaging to read." – Nick Haslam, University of Melbourne, Australia "Engaging and insightful with clear links between academic theory and the wider world." – Fay Short, Bangor University, UK "As social psychology expands its scope, methodologies, and applications, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distil the fundamentals in a textbook, while also keeping an eye on current perspectives and directions. Sutton and Douglas achieve this and even more."– Konstantinos Kafetsios, University of Crete, Greece
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