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Social Psychology
Revisiting the Classic Studies

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© 2017 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Revisiting the Classic Studies is a series of texts that introduces readers to the studies in psychology that changed the way we think about core topics in the discipline today.  It provokes students to ask more interesting and challenging questions about the field by encouraging a deeper level of engagement both with the details of the studies themselves and with the nature of their contribution. Edited by leading scholars in their field and written by researchers at the cutting edge of these developments, the chapters in each text provide details of the original works and their theoretical and empirical impact, and then discuss the ways in which thinking and research has advanced in the years since the studies were conducted. 

Social Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies traces 15 ground-breaking studies by researchers such as Asch, Festinger, Milgram, Sherif, Tajfel and Zimbardo to re-examine and reflect on their findings and engage in a lively discussion of the subsequent work that they have inspired.    

Suitable for students on social psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an enquiring mind.

S. Alexander Haslam and Joanne R. Smith
An Introduction to Classic Studies in Social Psychology
Steven J. Karau and Kipling D. Williams
Social Facilitation and Social Loafing: Revisiting Triplett’s competition studies
Joanne R. Smith and Deborah J. Terry
Attitudes and Behavior: Revisiting LaPiere’s hospitality study
Joel Cooper
Cognitive Dissonance: Revisiting Festinger’s end of the world study
Dominic Abrams and John M. Levine
Norm Formation: Revisiting Sherif’s autokinetic illusion study
Jolanda Jetten and Matthew J. Hornsey
Conformity: Revisiting Asch’s line-judgment studies
Robin Martin and Miles Hewstone
Minority Influence: Revisiting Moscovici’s blue-green afterimage studies
Stephen Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam
Obedience: Revisiting Milgram’s shock experiments
S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen Reicher
Tyranny: Revisiting Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment
Michael J. Platow and John A. Hunter
Intergroup Relations and Conflict: Revisiting Sherif’s Boys’ Camp studies
Russell Spears and Sabine Otten
Discrimination: Revisiting Tajfel’s minimal group studies
Dominic J. Packer and Nick D. Ungson
Group Decision Making: Revisiting Janis's groupthink study
Mark Levine
Helping in Emergencies: Revisiting Latané and Darley’s bystander studies
John F. Dovidio
Promoting Positive Intergroup Relations: Revisiting Aronson et al's jigsaw classroom
Craig McGarty
Stereotype Formation: Revisiting Hamilton and Gifford’s illusory correlation studies
Craig McGarty
Stereotypes and Performance: Revisiting Steele and Aronson's stereotype threat studies

"Like the very best guidebooks, the authors set the classic studies in context, helping the reader to understand why each study was conducted and how it was received by its contemporary audience. Just as important, they discuss the legacy of each study, showing how it opened up lines of theorizing and empirical research that have helped to create the vibrant and socially relevant discipline that we know today."

Professor Anthony Manstead
University of Cardiff

"Not only have I been able to delve deeper into experiments that I’ve studied before, but I was able to widen my knowledge to study other experiments in sufficient detail. The information provided throughout was highly detailed, clearly explained and well suited for its audience."

Emily D’Souza
A level student, Cathedral School

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch.7: Revisiting Milgram’s shock experiments


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