The narratives engage students as they gather knowledge about the field. Students learn about social perception and social inference, the self, and persuasion and attitude change. They discover how compliance, conformity, and obedience affect behavior, and investigate group processes, interpersonal attraction, and intimate relationships. The latter sections of the text address the darker aspects of social psychology through a review of the literature and stories about prejudice, discrimination, aggression, and violence. The final chapter is devoted to the social psychology of genocide and terrorism.
Each chapter elaborates on the applications of social psychology to health and law, explores the dark and light side of social psychology, and provides students with opportunities to think like a social psychologist.
Social Psychology is a high-interest, engaging text for both beginning and advanced level survey courses in social psychology.