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Social Psychology

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  911 ratings  ·  38 reviews
For an undergraduate introductory level course in social psychology. "Research made relevant through a storytelling approach." This renowned text maintains its acclaimed storytelling approach to convey the science of social psychology while making research relevant to students. The authors bring the material under study to life through real-world examples that capture stud ...more
Hardcover, Seventh Edition, 648 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Pearson (first published January 1st 1973)
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It's hard to find the correct edition on GR. For anyone who wants to know, we are using the tenth edition for my social psychology class, and it is the etext version. I marvel at how I have gotten used to using etexts over the past year. I should add that it was through necessity, as Columbia College Missouri converted to using etexts for majority of their online classes.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reading this for my...wait for psychology class.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
(I've read a newer edition, not sure which though, just to keep that in mind.)

Great intro into Social Psychology! I've read it out of interest, not because I had to (okay, to be fair, the topic is related to my work) and although it took me a while to read, I really enjoyed it to the end. Like with every science book you can't take everything at face value. Not all studies mentioned and cited are well done and perfectly convincing, but all in all it gives a very good overview about the field of
Gordan Karlic
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a really good textbook for the students of the psychology and I really do recommend it, but just couldn't give it grade 5 because of following reasons.
There is a chapter where Lance Armstrong is shown as an example of dedication and mental strength but the problem is, there is missing a big factory in that equation, that is the use of illegal substances.
Because the book is written giving us examples of social behaviors it casts a shadow on every other example given in the book, what if the
Alexander Tarlinder
This books stands out among other psychology textbooks that I have read so far. I get the feelingthat the authors have made serious attempts to make it "student friendly"; tailored towards younger students who have just left high school. The text makes attempts to joke sometimes and addresses the reader directly. There's also plenty of pictures to break up the text and the book makes use of graphical charts to summarize processes. Quite good. I'd even say that the text is written in a "compellin ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book mainly for my course in Social psychology and to be honest, it's pretty damn intresting! I actually enjoyed reading this one.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a nerd. I really liked reading this textbook. I also now psychoanalyze a lot of things.
Amelia Oswald
Merely for my social psychology essay. It has more information about conformity than my "must-read text book"
Ivaylo Durmonski
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book about human behavior. Social Psychology by Elliot Aronson, Timothy D. Wilson, Robin M. is a textbook that offers detailed research of the human nature. More specifically: why we do the things that we do. Even though the date might be a bit overwhelming at times, the authors did a hell of a job of explaining such complicated subject so simply. Well deserved 5 out of 5 stars. Read full review: ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this for my social psychology class - my exam's coming up.
I kind of love and hate this book at the same time. Like it's really interesting at times and there are fascinating historical cases to illustrate certain theories or phenomenons. So there's definitely a link to real life and that's obviously amazing. It's even emotional at times (I don't even get how a study book can be emotional other than it depressing you cause it's so much you need to study - yet somehow it is). But then
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book over the course of a semester for my Social Psychology class and I felt that it was quite informative and added a lot to my learning experience. Over all, what I learned from this class and this book will stay with me long after my final exams are over and I know I'll use this new knowledge when approaching many different situations in my everyday life.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book cover-to-cover as part of my social psych class. It's an accessible volume and exactly what is is designed to be, a cursory overview of a topic that has many, many diverse lines of inquiry. You'll need to do a whole LOT MORE reading, research, thinking, experimenting, etc. to feel totally grounded in the topic but this is a good starting point.
Melvin Marsh, M.S.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
Maybe I just don't get on well with social psychology books? I read one last year (Meyers) and this one was not much better. This one reminded me of my cyberpsychology class's social section than the other book.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbook
I really enjoyed reading this for my Social PSY course. There were so many interesting facts and findings.
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college-books
Read this book for my social psychology class. It was okay book helpful for the course.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully structured, bit extensive that I assume is result of authors intention to change the way people think about world. Worth persistence.
Kristina Bartholomew
Book was standard but had some really compelling studies and statistics. Felt like it had a lot of information that I was already familiar with.
Polly Callahan
Jan 01, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
author Timothy D. Wilson wrote Redirect- The surprising new science of psychological change
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book for formulating Hypotheses and Theories dealing from mood swings to aggression, relationships, majority and minority influence, although for this theory I felt it was floored and the two terms need to be re-catorgorised into one.The majority of case studies are conducted in the United States, so from my point of view, certain characteristics and mannerisms would not apply to my country, having said that 90% of individual behaviour is uniform across most countries of the world. ...more
Red Haircrow
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Required reading, a required course. Overall you are presented with many of the theories psychology student would have already learned and become familiar with but also presented the specifics of how it relates to a newer branch. Of course, you have copious quotes from other material, studies and psychologists, but I found the authors commentary still too directed towards certain majority populations. Instead of being objective and merely presenting information, there was more of what seemed per ...more
I'll be honest, I remember so little about this textbook. I have neither complaints nor compliments to give it it, and I'm not sure that its complete lack of memorability in either direction speaks wonders about it. It DID teach me that social psychology is not at all for me, so that was good.
Excellent textbook. Super easy to read, very easy to study from. Almost an informal style. Perhaps a bit too much of repetition, but that saves you a lot of time as you barely have to study afterwards! ;)
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
This textbook is wonderful, about how behavior is influenced by the real or imagined presence of others or aka social psychology. How we are influenced by conformity, attraction, aggression, attitudes,
Didn't read this edition. Read the 5th edition

This was for Professor Page-Gould's class. She's a great prof. Good book.
Geoff Little
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the first time since my last year in college many years ago that I bought a textbook. Still, I LOVE the content and the ideas here. Major food for thought about how people and societies function. Much recommend. There is also an audiobook version.
Jay Brand
Great introduction to & overview of the extensive research literature in social psychology. Explores both classic/historical and contemporary research findings that tell us the importance of other people and other situational & contextual factors on our behavior, attitudes & perceptions. ...more
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of great information, but at times, it could have been presented in a better format. Overall, a very good textbook.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would have been better had they not been repetitive in the studies they used. Some variation would have done wonders.
B. M.  Polier
I didn't like that I had to pay so much for a book they couldn't even bind together. Loose leaf is horrible. Book content was great.
Will Lee
this one is no joke. fascinating topic.
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Elliot Aronson (Born January 1932) is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologist of the 20th Century, best known for his Jigsaw Classroom experiments, cognitive dissonance research, and bestselling Social Psychology textbooks. He is the only person in the 120-year history of the American Psychological Association to have won all three of its major awards: For distinguished writing (1973), for ...more

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