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An Introduction to Social Psychology

An Introduction to Social Psychology

First Edition
  • Suhas Shetgovekar - Associate Professor, Discipline of Psychology, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
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November 2017 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This textbook will help students of psychology and related disciplines to understand the fundamentals of social psychology and its application in the Indian context

An Introduction to Social Psychology offers a thorough understanding of all basic concepts and methods of social psychology in a lucid and interactive manner. It enables readers to grasp the idea of the self or the individual in the social context and understand the recent developments in the area of applied social psychology. 

The book is written for undergraduate and postgraduate students of social psychology, sociology, social works and other related disciplines. Every chapter begins with a well-defined set of learning objectives and includes review exercises and project-based activities. Readers would be introduced to the fundamentals and the emerging perspectives in the subject through numerous illustrations, exercises, activities, research data, case studies and links to further reading.  

Key Features 

· The language used emphasises clarity and avoids technical jargons to aid ease of understanding

· Covers current perspective, trends and research in social psychology, with a special focus on the Indian context

· Text supported by tables, figures and boxed-examples to aid in understanding and retention of concepts learned

· Inclusion of chapter-wise review questions and multiple choice questions to test learner’s progress and comprehension of the subject
Foreword by Vimala Veeraraghavan
Chapter 1. Introduction to Social Psychology
What is Social Psychology?  
Social Psychology as Science  
Theories of Social Psychology  
Historical Developments in Social Psychology  
Social Psychology in India  
Current Trends and Challenges in Social Psychology  
Chapter 2. Research Methods in Social Psychology
Research in Social Psychology  
Key Concepts in Research  
Components of Research Process  
Types of Research in Social Psychology  
Qualitative Research in Social Psychology  
Ethical Issues in Research  
Deception in Social Psychology Research  
Challenges and Problems while Conducting Research in Social Psychology  
Trends and Prospects in Social Psychology Research  
Chapter 3. The Self
The Concept of ‘Self’  
Self-esteem and Self-efficacy  
Introspection and Self-perception  
Other Concepts Related to Self  
Self in Cyberspace  
Gender Identity  
Chapter 4. Social Cognition
The Concept of Social Cognition  
Automatic and Controlled Processing  
Aspects of Social Thought  
Schemas: The Mental Representation  
Cognitive Heuristics: The Mental Shortcuts  
Social Categorisation  
Cognition and Emotions  
Chapter 5. Social Perception
Person Perception  
Impression and Impression Formation  
Nonverbal Communication  
Chapter 6. Interpersonal Attraction
What is Interpersonal Attraction?  
Theories of Attraction  
Determinants of Attraction  
Similarity and Proximity in Attraction  
Online Attraction  
Friendship and Close Relationships  
Homosexual Couples and Relationships  
Troubled Relationships and Breakups  
Chapter 7. Attitude
What is Attitude?  
Measurement of Attitude  
Attitude Formation  
How Attitudes Guide Behaviour  
Attitude Change  
Stereotype, Prejudice and Discrimination  
Ways to Overcome Stereotype Prejudice and Discrimination  
Chapter 8. Social Influence
What is Social Influence?  
Normative Social Influence and Informational Social Influence  
Minority Influence  
Social Influence and Social Reality  
Social Norms  
Chapter 9. Prosocial Behaviour
What is Prosocial Behaviour?  
Approaches and Perspectives to Prosocial Behaviour  
Situational Factors that Determine Prosocial Behaviour  
Who is more Likely to Receive Help?  
Bystander’s Apathy  
Outcome of Receiving Help  
Social Support  
Chapter 10. Aggression
What is Aggression?  
Theories of Aggression  
Determinants of Aggression  
The Concept of Anger  
Prevention and Control of Aggression  
Chapter 11. Group Dynamics
Nature of Group  
Roles and Norms  
Group Cohesiveness  
Performance of Individuals in Groups  
Decision Making Process in Groups  
Conflict and Conflict Resolution  
Chapter 12. Culture  
Concept of Culture  
Culture and Individual  
Psychological Perspective on Influence of Culture on Behaviour  
Cross-cultural Research  
Chapter 13. Introduction to Applied Social Psychology
The Concept of Applied Social Psychology  
Historical Developments in Applied Social Psychology  
Social Psychology Theories  
Role of Applied Social Psychologists  
Social Issues and Problems  
Social Change  
Chapter 14. Application of Social Psychology
Application of Social Psychology to Health Psychology  
Application of Social Psychology to Industrial and Organisational Psychology  
Application of Social Psychology to Sports  
Application of Social Psychology to Clinical and Counselling Psychology  
Application of Social Psychology to other Areas  
Appendix—Exercise: Multiple Choice Questions  
Answers to Multiple Choice Questions  


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ISBN: 9789386446831