An Introduction to Social Psychology
- James Alcock - York University, Canada
- Stan Sadava - Brock University, Canada
Social Psychology (General)
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
- PowerPoint slides per chapter
- Instructor's Manual
- Multiple choice questions
- Short answer questions
- Essay questions
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.
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.
Very exciting and potentially transformative - this is a book that is truly global in scope.
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.
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.
An excellent book that provides a good insight into social psychology
The book is well written. The focus of the book does 100% fit to my course but will recommand to students.
I felt that the social psychology text book that I currently recommend for my lectures was more appropriate.
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.
good back up book - not enough detail for essential book though
not sure about accompanying resources as have not tried them - no access
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 2: Social Perception and Cognition
Chapter 12, p388-391 Gender & Leadership