Social Psychology: The Science of Everyday Life (pdf) by Jeff Greenberg ,Toni Schmader, Mark Landau, Jamie Arndt.
is a professor of psychology and a College of Science Fellow at the University of Arizona. As a small child growing up in the Bronx, he was very curious about the human propensities for vanity and prejudice. Jeff majored in psychology at the University’ of Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t until he took social psychology in his final semester that he found a field where people where asking the questions he thought should be asked. Soon after starting a master’s program in social psychology at Southern Methodist University’, he knew this was what he wanted to spend his life studying and teaching. After receiving his M.A., Jeff completed his Ph.D. at University of Kansas in 1982 under the mentorship of Jack Brehm. He has since received numerous research and teaching awards. His research has contributed to understanding self-serving biases, how motivation affects cognition, the effects of ethnic slurs, the role of self-awareness in depression, cognitive dissonance, and how concerns about death contribute to prejudice, self-esteem striving, and many other aspects of social behavior. Jeff has also coauthored or coedited six prior books, including the Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology and In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror.
Toni Schmader, Ph.D.
is a Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She received her B.A. from Washington Sc Jefferson College in Pennsylvania before completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before moving to Canada in 2009, Toni taught at the University of Arizona for 10 years. At the University of British Columbia, she was awarded the Killam Prize for excellence in research, and at the University of Arizona she received the Magellan Prize for excellence in teaching. Toni is currently a member of the executive committee of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and an associate editor at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She was drawn to research in social psychology for its ability to take a systematic empirical approach to examining important social issues and to teaching for the opportunity to share those insights with others. Her research examines how individuals are affected by and cope with tarnished identities and negative stereotypes. Toni has published work on topics of social identity threat, stigma and identity, stereotyping and prejudice, self-conscious emotion, and gender roles.
Jamie Arndt, Ph.D.
is the 2012 Frederick A. Middlebush Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU). After attending Skidmore College in the eastern United States for his B.A., and the University of Arizona in the west for his Ph.D., he settled in the middle, accepting a position at MU in 1999. During his time at MU, he has received the Robert S. Daniel Junior Faculty Teaching Award, the Provost’s Junior Faculty Teaching Award, the International Society for Self and Identity Early Career Award, and the University of Missouri Chancellor’s ffor Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Jamie is a founding member of the Social Personality and Health Network and former Chair of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Training Committee, and has served on the editorial boards of various journals in the field. He has authored or coauthored scholarly works pertaining to the self, existential motivation, psychological defense, and their implications for many topics, most notably health decision making, creativity, and legal judgment.
Mark J. Landau, Ph.D.
is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Kansas.
Mark received his B.A. from Skidmore College, where he became very interested in the fusion of experimental psychology and existential philosophy. He continued his research and education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and then at the University of Arizona, where he received his Ph.D. in 2007. Mark’s research explores how existential motives influence social perceptions and behavior, and how people use conceptual metaphors to construct meaning. He has received a number of awards recognizing his research, including the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Outstanding Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. Mark has taught social psychology for over 14 years. He enjoys showing students that research, much like an inspiring novel or movie, affirms our common humanity—reminding us that we are not alone in our strivings, insecurities, and foibles—and thereby sharpens our ethical awareness.
Social Psychology: The Science of Everyday Life
Since our own days as undergrads, we’ve been excited by how the science of social psychology helps us understand everyday life. Our goal in this book is to generate this same kind of excitement for a new generation of students. How? By presenting the best, brightest, and most current ideas and findings the field has to offer in a conceptually coherent and lively narrative. We want students to appreciate that social psychology is, first and foremost, the science of all of us. And so we have aimed to write a book that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, social identities, and career interests, will find enriching and enjoyable.
There’s only one good reason to spend many years bringing a new social psych text into the world: to present the field’s body of knowledge in a more compelling and appealing way than any of the texts that arc currently available.
We have tried to do this primarily through a lot of hard work, digging into literatures both from within the traditional bounds of the field and from related disciplines, thinking creatively, staying abreast of the latest developments, and discussing and debating what to present and how best to do it. Indeed, every chapter involved a close collaboration among the four of us, resulting in a consistent voice that conveys our collective knowledge, experience, and insight.
CHAPTER 1 The Revealing Science of Social Psychology
CHAPTER 2 Fundamentals of Social Behavior
CHAPTER 3 The Core Elements of Social Cognition
CHAPTER 4 Thinking About People and Events
CHAPTER 5 The Nature, Origins, and Functions of the Self
CHAPTER 6 The Key Self-motives: Consistency, Esteem, Presentation, and Growth
CHAPTER 7 Social Influence
CHAPTER 8 Persuasion, Attitudes, and Behavior
CHAPTER 9 Group Processes
CHAPTER 10 Understanding Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination
CHAPTER 11 Responding to and Reducing Prejudice
CHAPTER 12 Interpersonal Aggression
CHAPTER 13 Prosocial Behavior
CHAPTER 14 Interpersonal Attraction
CHAPTER 15 Close Relationships
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