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Social Psychology

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    Eliot R. Smith(Author),Diane M. Mackie(Author)

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Social Psychology, 3rd Edition provides the only conceptually integrated undergraduate introduction to social psychology, offering a clear synthesis of the cognitive and social, and individual and group influences that shape social behavior.

This textbook offers comprehensive coverage of classic, contemporary, and emerging topics in social psychology. The focus is on underlying, unifying principles that operate across topics, rather than treatment of each topic in isolation, a focus that reflects the increasingly cross-disciplinary developments within and beyond psychology. An emphasis on research carried out in different parts of the world and a sensitivity to cross-cultural perspectives highlight the internationalization of the field in recent years. In addition, the text offers real-world applications of scientific principles to areas such as marketing, law, education, and health. Throughout, the discussion conceptually integrates the pervasive impact of social groups on all aspects of social behavior.

Extensive feedback from reviews of prior editions has helped make this third edition comprehensive, contemporary, and relevant to social psychology students’ and instructors’ needs. Effective and helpful pedagogical features include chapter summaries, margin glossaries, tables, graphs, and photographs.

An attractive student-friendly format, and a narrative by two leading scholars that is both lively and rigorous, make this text one of the most respected and acclaimed on the market.

This new edition is supported by an extensive online Social Psychology Student Learning Program (SocSLP) and CD-ROM based Instructor Resources, both of which are free of charge to qualifying adopters.

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  • By CuriousReader on May 22, 2011

    This text book is well thought out and well written. The professors who collaborated on this endeavor definitely had college students in mind. The paragraphs are not too long and are broken up with summaries (in blue) which really alert you to the important facts that will follow.If only more text books were written with this high tech generation in mind.

  • By Pamela Snyder on June 3, 2009

    The book arrived in great condition and in a very timely manner. I will use this seller again if needed! Thanks again!

  • By winta gebre on June 9, 2015

    Was in great condition

  • By L. T. Lancaster on April 2, 2008

    "Social Psychology" by Smith and Mackie is an ok text. It isn't great, but it doesn't totally fail to inform the student about the issues that social Psychologists of today face. The bottom line is that the book has an overabundance of examples, but wading through them to find the meaning is difficult.Aesthetically the book is terrible. All blacks and light blues, it wears on the readers eyes. Unlike publishers like Wadsworth, Psychology Press seems to not be too keen on keeping the reader focused on the book. This may not bother all people, but reading about norms for an hour and a half is bland on it's own. And when adding few variations to the text, it becomes quite the chore.2 out of 5 because the book does it's job. It just doesn't do it very well.

  • By Timothy on June 16, 2011

    In 1957, Leon Festinger, a brilliant young social psychologist, argued that when people become aware that their attitudes, thoughts and beliefs ("cognitions") are inconsistent with one another, this realization brings with it an uncomfortable state of tension called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance often follows when a behavior conflicts with a prior attitude: when, for example, people love their country but cooperate with its enemies. Festinger did more than just suggest that inconsistencies cause discomfort. He also offered a bold new proposal: the people's motivation to reduce the unpleasant side effects of inconsistency often produces attitude change. According to the cognitive dissonance theory, tension caused by differences between important actions and attitudes are often reduced by adjustments we make to our thinking, not to our behavior. - Smith and Mackie's Social PsychologyThe United States was formed in a state of cognitive dissonance when it fought for freedom from Britain to keep African people enslaved, so it does not surprise me that almost everyone in the U. S. is suffering from this disorder. We know that we are losing wars in Asia, so what do we do about it, send more soldiers into harms ways. We know that hospitals are killing more people than they heal, yet we go to work and carry out whatever death procedure management demands. We actually convince ourselves that we are helping the people that we kill. We send our children to schools that make them less able to think, confused, and even violent, yet tell them every day to listen to their teachers. Cigarettes and fossil fuels are killing us, but we use them no matter how high the prices rise. It amazes me that this empire remains in tact at all. It is a testament to its citizens commitment to delusion.

  • By Han on September 2, 2008

    An easy-to-read, very informative book, covering a wide area of interest. Not just the details, but also the larger picture is well-presented.


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