Social Psychology, Global Edition, 14th Edition

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Social Psychology, Global Edition, 14th Edition

By Nyla R. Branscombe, Robert A. Baron
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For courses in Social Psychology

Social Psychology, 14th Edition retains the hallmark of its past success: up-to-date coverage of the quickly evolving subject matter written in a lively manner that has been embraced by thousands of students around the world.

Authors Nyla Branscombe and Robert Baron—both respected scholars with decades of undergraduate teaching experience—generate student excitement by revealing the connections between theory and real-world experiences. The 14th Edition offers updated content to engage students, as well as new “What Research Tells Us About…” sections in each chapter that illustrate how research findings help answer important questions about social life.


Engaging, student-friendly features highlight the utility of the discipline

  • Chapter-opening vignettes illustrate how the ever-changing field of Social Psychology is useful in illuminating our everyday lives. Focusing on current trends and events, these stories draw students in and show how the chapter’s concepts apply to real life.
  • Research methodology is presented in context throughout every chapter. At appropriate points in the narrative, the authors integrate research and findings relating to several basic themes:
    • Emotion
    • The effects of culture
    • Social neuroscience
    • The pervasive influence of gender
    • The role of the internet and other technologies on social interaction
    • The evolutionary perspective
  • Essays of several types integrated throughout the narrative help students relate key concepts to their own lives.
    • Social Life in a Connected World essays show students how the discipline of social psychology is working to understand the nature and scope of the recent dramatic changes in our social world.
    • Social Life in a Changing World essays emphasise and reflect current trends in social psychological research and the field’s responsiveness to social change.
    • Emotion and... essays in each chapter emphasise recent research on emotion, ensuring that coverage of this important topic is integrated into every chapter.

Pedagogical tools in each chapter guide students through the material, boosting understanding and retention

  • Key points summarise the highlights of each major section.
  • A summary and review at the end of each chapter provides a guide to the major content covered.
  • Key terms and their definitions appear in a running glossary in the margin of the page where the term is first mentioned, and are listed at the end of each chapter.
New to this edition

New content on contemporary topics reinforces the relevance of course material

  • “What Research Tells Us About…” sections in each chapter illustrate how research findings help answer important questions about social life. These sections touch upon both important societal changes and cutting-edge research, making them both informative and enjoyable. Dozens of new topics have been added to reflect exciting current research trends. Examples of the topics added to this edition include:
    • The role of nonverbal cues in job interviews
    • Biases in our beliefs about inequality
    • People’s preference for the status quo
    • The importance of belonging and group ties
    • Prosocial crowdfunding: providing funds to help others develop their products
    • Why not controlling ourselves can make us feel good
    • The role of existential threat in prejudice
    • Self-esteem and group memberships
    • Why some people conclude they are superior to others
    • Social modeling and eating
    • Aggression in the workplace
    • Why some people are happier than others
    • Two factors that can destroy love: jealousy and infidelity
    • The importance of being treated with respect
    • Using scarcity to gain compliance
    • The role of social class in prosocial behavior
    • Reducing post-traumatic stress disorder among returning veterans
    • How people react to being helped
    • Narcissistic rage and the hostile attributional bias
    • Culture and attitude processes
  • This edition focuses on the implications of changes in the larger social world—such as the increased use of Facebook and other social media—upon social behavior.
  • This edition emphasises how culture and group memberships affect identities—“who we think we are”—and influence social thought and behavior. Most chapters illustrate the importance of culture and identity for:
    • Attitudes
    • Feelings of control
    • Decision making
    • Social relationships
    • Social influence
    • Prejudice
Table of contents
  • 1. Social Psychology: The Science of the Social Side of Life
  • 2. Social Cognition: How We Think About the Social World
  • 3. Social Perception: Perceiving and Understanding Others
  • 4. The Self: Answering the Question, “Who Am I?”
  • 5. Attitudes: Evaluating and Responding to the Social World
  • 6. Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination: The Causes, Effects, and Cures
  • 7. Interpersonal Attraction and Close Relationships
  • 8. Social Influence: Changing Others’ Behavior
  • 9. Prosocial Behavior: Helping Others
  • 10. Aggression: Its Nature, Causes, and Control
  • 11. Groups and Individuals: The Consequences of Belonging
  • 12. Social Psychology: Overcoming Adversity and Achieving Happiness