Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies is a new series of texts aimed at students and general readers who are interested in understanding issues raised by key studies in psychology. Volumes centre on 12—15 studies, with each chapter providing a detailed account of a particular classic study and its empirical and theoretical impact Chapters also discuss the important ways in which thinking and research has advanced in the years since the study was conducted.
Chapters are written by researchers at the cutting edge of these developments and, as a result, these texts serve as an excellent resource for instructors and students looking to explore different perspectives on core material that defines the field of psychology as we know it today.
Since social psychology emerged as a discipline in the late nineteenth century, thousands of excellent studies have been conducted, but which of these are worthy of being identified as true ‘classics’? As it turns out, this is both an easy and a difficult question to answer: easy, because there is a reasonable amount of consensus among social psychologists as to what the classic studies are, but difficult, because in creating this volume we wanted to be extremely choosy. Indeed, we sought to restrict entry to Just 12 studies.
In the chapters that follow, quite a few more studies are discussed – either as elaborations or as extensions of the focal studies – but nevertheless those that are included constitute a highly selective sample.
Biographies of Contributors
An Introduction to Classic Studies in Social Psychology
1 Social Facilitation and Social Loafing: Revisiting Triplett’s competition studies
2 Attitudes and Behavior: Revisiting LaPiere’s hospitality study
3 Cognitive Dissonance: Revisiting Festinger’s end of the world study
4 Norm Formation: Revisiting Sherif’s autokinetic illusion study
5 Conformity: Revisiting Asch’s line-judgment studies
6 Minority Influence: Revisiting Moscovici’s blue-green afterimage studies
7 Obedience: Revisiting Milgram’s shock experiments
8 Tyranny: Revisiting Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment
9 Intergroup Relations and Conflict: Revisiting Sherif’s Boys’ Camp studies
10 Discrimination: Revisiting Tajfel’s minimal group studies
11 Stereotyping and Prejudice: Revisiting Hamilton and Gifford’s illusory correlation studies
12 Helping in Emergencies: Revisiting Latan6 and Darley’s bystander studies
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