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An Introduction to Social Psychology

An Introduction to Social Psychology
Global Perspectives

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Social Psychology (General)

August 2014 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Psychology recognises no borders. The relationships between people and the groups they form are determined by similar principles no matter where in the world they come from. This book has been written to introduce students from all countries and backgrounds to the exciting field of social psychology. Recognising the limitations that come from studying the subject through the lens of any one culture, James Alcock and Stan Sadava have crafted a truly international social psychology book for the modern era.

Based on classic and cutting-edge scholarship from across the world, An Introduction to Social Psychology encourages mastery of the basics as well as critical thinking. Incorporating relevant insights from social neuroscience, evolutionary theory and positive psychology, it offers:

  • Chapters on crowd behaviour and applied social psychology
  • Discussion of new means of social interaction, including social media
  • Relevant insights from social neuroscience, evolutionary theory and positive psychology
  • A companion website features extensive additional resources for students and instructors
Part I: Introducing Social Psychology
Chapter 1: Studying Social Behaviour
Part II: Understanding Your Social World
Chapter 2: Social Perception and Cognition
Chapter 3: The Social Self
Chapter 4: Attitudes, Ideologies and Values
Part III: Influencing Others
Chapter 5: Attitude Change
Chapter 6: Social Influence
Chapter 7: Language and Communication
Part IV: Friends and Foes
Chapter 8: Interpersonal Attraction and Close Relationships
Chapter 9: Prosocial Behaviour
Chapter 10: Cooperation and Conflict
Chapter 11: Aggression
Part V: People in Groups
Chapter 12: Social Identity, Groups and Leadership
Chapter 13: Prejudice
Chapter 14: Crowds and Collective Behaviour
Part VI: Social Psychology in Action
Chapter 15: Applied Social Psychology


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For Lecturers:

  • PowerPoint slides per chapter
  • Instructor's Manual
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answer questions

For Students:

  • Quizzes
  • Essay questions
  • Flashcards

Whereas many textbooks of social psychology essentially list off a stream of facts and findings from the field, Alcock and Sadava tell the story of social psychology, providing context and interpretation necessary to understand why we, as social creatures, act, think, and behave as we do. Their global perspective does a great service to the field and will benefit educators and students internationally.

Professor Gordon Hodson
Psychology Graduate Programme Director, Brock University

I found this text to be well laid out and very comprehensible - engaging and user friendly. For the undergraduate students that I teach, this text is concise and pitched at the right level. I appreciate the turn towards some critical perspectives within social psychology to encourage the student's critical mentality.

Dr Joe Hinds
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University

Very exciting and potentially transformative - this is a book that is truly global in scope.

Dr Victoria Scaife
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of East Anglia

This is an excellent, well written book on social psychology. It provides very comprehensive, up to date and contrasting concepts and ideas focusing on social psychology. It is in-depth and draws from emerging international research to position social psychology within global perspectives.

Mrs Criona Madeline Blackburne
Education , IT Carlow
October 3, 2015

This book is particularly useful because it provides perspectives from a variety of cultures. This will enable students to question social understanding that they have taken for granted and address the subject from a critical stand-point.

Dr Gina Sarah Sherwood
School of Education & Continuing Stud, Portsmouth University
July 1, 2015

An excellent book that provides a good insight into social psychology

Mrs Diane Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
May 6, 2015

The book is well written. The focus of the book does 100% fit to my course but will recommand to students.

Dr Jesper Dammeyer
Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen
April 5, 2015

I felt that the social psychology text book that I currently recommend for my lectures was more appropriate.

Dr Emma Louise Pape
Sch of Psychology & Clinical Lang Sci, Reading University
March 25, 2015

Another book which will be on the essential reading list for many of the level 4 modules of the new Psychology degree. Very modern and up to date. Clear sections and the topics span a wide area. The author does their best to explain things for this audience and it works.

Mr Liam Ward
Humanities, education and Social Science, Doncaster University Centre
March 20, 2015

good back up book - not enough detail for essential book though
not sure about accompanying resources as have not tried them - no access

Ms Hannah Barton
Dun Laoghaire Inst of Art Design & Tec, Dun Laoghaire Inst of Art Design & Tec
March 9, 2015