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Mastering Social Psychology

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  6 reviews
'The Essentials of Social Psychology' shows how the findings of social psychology have reversed or refined common sense ideas. For example: Can we be scared into changing our attitudes? Do opposites attract?
Paperback, 363 pages
Published November 13th 2006 by Allyn & Bacon (first published October 1st 2006)
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I was assigned Mastering Social Psychology for the community college class I'm teaching. I'm not overly impressed, but it's certainly not a bad or unworkable text. It's very clear and organized (though I think some sections could be reordered to cut down on repetition), and it includes pretty much everything you'd expect in a survey of Social Psychology. The major familiar studies are all there along with some some interesting recent research. But I disagreed with some of their interpretations o...more
Mastering Social Psychology is a good introductory book on social psychology, which may make its title of ‘mastering’ it a bit misleading. It gives a pretty good overview of the field, provides fine case studies, and breaches all topics needed in order to understand just what social psychology is and what it all includes. It’s definitely a solid textbook for beginners, and quite easy to get into.

It covers the general field of social psychology, social cognition, social perception, attitudes, the...more
Scott Whitney
I have enjoyed this class and the discussions which the material in the book has initiated. I also like the layout of the book and the way the material is presented. It is easy for a beginning psychology student to understand.
3.5 Overall not a bad textbook.
what i've read so far is good.
Brandon Cahall
a high school level text
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