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Social Psychology: Goals in Interaction

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"Amazing deeds of heroism and horrific acts of terrorism. Undying love, friendships gone wrong, and inspirational leadership."Social Psychology: Goals in Interaction introduces the student to the fascinating mysteries of social behavior. By revealing the motives behind social behavior--"why "people love, hate, lead, and follow, for example--and bridging the person and the ...more
Hardcover, 620 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Allyn & Bacon (first published December 10th 2005)
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Dre Battles
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I had to use this text book for my intro to social psychology class. There are many good qualities about this book on being, and in my opinion the best, is that it is an easy read. Unlike a lot of textbooks this one is not a dull dry read with vocabulary no one really uses.
The book also have very interesting true stories that tie in to the theme of the chapter.

The down side is that the book is very conversational (could be a good quality for some but most in my class saw it as a fault). It take
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of the very few texts books that I not only read everything, but enjoyed reading. It is very well written and is interesting. The layout is great. The authors tell a story at the beginning of each chapter, and then use that story throughout to illustrate different points, and then revisit it again at the end to bring it all together. I enjoyed this book a lot. It made me rethink my career goals! A career in Social Psych would never be fascinating!
Courtney Johnson
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was for my social psychology class at PLU. I actually preferred it more than most, however I didn't read the last few chapters. I liked the story at the beginning and the end of the chapter to give a real life example of the topic discussed. This book was good for school, but I will be selling it asap.
Ryan Lang
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The textbook is a good overview of the topic, but is quite vague when it comes to hard facts, leaving much of the message ambiguous in meaning and with little cited scientific support. For a more in depth, accurate, and sensible discussion of social psychology for those seriously interested, I recommend Advanced Social Psychology: The State of the Science, by Roy F. Baumeister and Eli J. Finkel.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, this textbook is really easy to read. It is also interesting. I think some of the ease may have to do with my professor. She rocks.
Shauna Durbin
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is easy to understand and easy to read. I actually enjoyed reading a textbook! It is an overview if you will, of social psychology. It's not too in depth but it gives a good overview.
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Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. His research and writing integrate three scientific syntheses of the last few decades: evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, and dynamical systems theory. He is author of over 170 scientific articles, books, and book chapters, the majority applying evolutionary ideas to human cognition and behavior.

His father and brother both spent several