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Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

October 2007 | 1 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Not long ago, social psychology was a small field consisting of creative, energetic researchers bent on trying to study a few vexing problems in normal adult human behaviour with rigorous scientific methods. In a few short decades, the field has blossomed into a major intellectual force, with thousands of researchers worldwide exploring a stunningly diverse set of fascinating phenomena with an impressive arsenal of research methods and ever-more carefully honed theories.

The Encyclopedia of Social Psychology is the first resource to present state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts from this fascinating field. These two volumes include more than 600 entries chosen by a diverse team of experts to comprise an exhaustive list of the most important concepts. The Encyclopedia is written for students who may be encountering concepts such as social loafing, deindividuation, base rate fallacy, ego depletion and self-handicapping for the first time and want a simple, clear, jargon-free explanation of what they mean.

Key Themes

" Action Control

" Antisocial Behaviors

" Attitude

" Culture

" Emotions

" Evolution

" Groups

" Health

" History

" Influence

" Interpersonal Relationships

" Judgment and Decision Making

" Methods

" Personality

" Prejudice

" Problem Behaviors

" Prosocial Behaviors

" Self

" Social Cognition

" Subdisciplines

"The editors state that 'social psychology is the study of how normal people think, feel and act.' The contributors then describe many behaviors that fall within and outside wide normal limits. They include terms and theories that are used to study, explain and understand human behavior. Most entries begin with a definition and include appropriate subheadings to highlight important aspects, e.g., history, background, usage, verbal illustrations, evidence implications, and other labels that provide focus. See also references and short 'further readings' lists accompany each signed entry. Both volumes have a complete, highly detailed index that includes the subheadings and other relevant mentions of the term. The specialist nature of the vocabulary is evident in the discussion of such terms as 'elevation,' as being the desire to perform acts of charity, and as being moved by excellence in another person; and the 'Ringlemann Effect,' which means expending less effort as part of a group than when working alone. The set offers clear descriptions of commonly used and sometimes misunderstood term, e.g., cultural differences, authoritarian personality, and neuroticism. The field has expanded since publication  of 'The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology,' ed. by A Manstead and M. Hewstone et al. (CH, Jan'96, 33-2457), and this work is a valuable response to that. Summing Up: Recommended. All Levels."


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