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Advances in Experimental Social Psychology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128022740, 9780128024720

Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Volume 51

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Mark Zanna James Olson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128022740
eBook ISBN: 9780128024720
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th January 2015
Page Count: 304
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Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: Why Do Humans Form Long-Term Mateships? An Evolutionary Game-Theoretic Model
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Part I: Adaptive Problems and Evolutionary Game-Theoretic Models
    • 3 Part II: Long-term Mating as the Solution to Multiple Adaptive Problems
    • 4 Part III: Novel Adaptive Problems Created by Long-term Relationships
    • 5 Conclusions
    • Acknowledgment
  • Chapter Two: The Why and How of Defending Belief in a Just World
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Background
    • 3 Why Do People Defend BJW?
    • 4 How Do People Defend BJW?
    • 5 Broader Issues
    • 6 Conclusion
  • Chapter Three: Positive Versus Negative Valence: Asymmetries in Attitude Formation and Generalization as Fundamental Individual Differences
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Individual Differences in Valence Weighting
    • 3 Some Questions About Valence Weighting
    • 4 Valence Asymmetries in Attitude Learning
    • 5 Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter Four: We’ll Always Have Paris: The Hedonic Payoff from Experiential and Material Investments
    • Abstract
    • 1 Money and Happiness
    • 2 As Time Goes By: Adaptation and the Differential Hedonic Return on Experiences and Possessions
    • 3 Making Plans that Far Ahead: The Prospective Benefits of Experiential Consumption
    • 4 The Beginnings of a Beautiful Friendship: The Social Value of Experiential Consumption
    • 5 Here's Looking at Me, Kid: Experiential Purchases are a More Meaningful Part of One's Identity
    • 6 Of All the Gin Joints: Direct and Comparative Determinants of Enjoyment
    • 7 What We Regret (Soon and for the Rest of our Lives)
    • 8 Letters of Transit for the Road Ahead
    • 9 Nudging us Out of the Malls and Out on the Trails
    • 10 Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter Five: To Nostalgize: Mixing Memory with Affect and Desire
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 A Historical Perspective on Nostalgia
    • 3 What Nostalgia Is
    • 4 What Nostalgia Does
    • 5 How Nostalgia Works
    • 6 Nostalgia's Future
    • Appendix A Southampton Nostalgia Scale
    • Appendix B Experimental Induction of Nostalgia: The Event Reflection Task
  • Index
  • Contents of Other Volumes


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  • One of the most sought after and most often cited series in this field
  • Contains contributions of major empirical and theoretical interest
  • Represents the best and the brightest in new research, theory, and practice in social psychology


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Praise for the Series:
"For the past two decades, the series has served a special function for social psychology--one that has not been filled as well by any other single publication. The articles are more focused than handbook chapters and less cursory than annual review chapters." --Contemporary Psychology

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About the Serial Editors

Mark Zanna

Mark Zanna

Mark P. Zanna is a retired University Professor and former Chair of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. He received his BA (‘66) and PhD (‘70) from Yale University.

Professor Zanna’s area of research is the psychology of attitudes. Primarily funded over the years by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he has studied attitude structure and function, attitude formation and change, communication and persuasion (including the persistence of persuasion), and the attitude-behaviour relation. He has also conducted research on (a) overcoming resistance to persuasion, including research on subliminal priming and persuasion, self-affirmation and persuasion, and narrative persuasion, and (b) implicit attitudes (i.e., relatively automatic, intuitive evaluations), including research on aversive racists (i.e., those individuals who test low on thoughtful, conscious measures of prejudice, but high on more automatic, intuitive measures of prejudice) and defensive self-esteem (i.e., those individuals who test high on thoughtful, conscious measures of self-esteem, but low on more automatic, intuitive measures of self-esteem). In the domain of health promotion, he has evaluated a ‘safer sex’ intervention and tested the subtle effects (e.g., on implicit norms) of movie stars’ smoking in feature films. Currently, he is investigating the causes and consequences of negative implicit norms toward females in STEM disciplines. A winner of several career awards for distinguished scientific contribution (D. O. Hebb Award, Canadian Psychological Association, 1993; D. T. Campbell Award, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, 1997; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1999; Inaugural Excellence in Research Award, UW, 2000; Inaugural Distinguished University Professor, UW, 2004; Inaugural Excellence in Graduate Supervision, UW, 2005; Distinguished Scientist Award, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 2007; K. Lewin Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2010; Killam Prize Laureate, Canada Council for the Arts, 2011), Professor Zanna has been a consulting editor of the top four journals in social/personality psychology (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Personality) plus 7 other journals. Currently, he co-edits the Ontario Symposium on Personality and Social Psychology (since 1981) and the Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (since 1991), the two major edited book series in social psychology. He has also been elected to the presidencies of the two major learned societies in social psychology, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (1985) and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (1997). 32 (of 34) of Professor Zanna’s doctoral or postdoctoral students have taken academic positions. Six students chaired their respective departments (plus one was the President of a small US college) and 12 others became editors (or consulting editors) of major journals in the field. According to the Web of Science, Professor Zanna’s lifetime citations now (February, 2014) exceed 9,500 (h = 50; H = 55). According to Google Scholar, lifetime citations now (February, 2014) exceed 21,200 (h = 74). Finally, Professor Zanna has ranked 12th and 20th worldwide in citations in social psychology textbooks and social psychology handbooks, respectively.

Affiliations and Expertise

Psychology Department, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

James Olson

Dr. James Olson obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo and has been a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, since 1978. He served as Chair of the Psychology Department from 1998 to 2003. He has conducted research on many topics, including attitudes, justice, social cognition, and humor. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters and has co-edited 15 books. He is a co-organizer of the Ontario Symposium on Personality and Social Psychology, a well-known series of conferences on various topics in personality and social psychology. He has served as an Associate Editor of three scientific journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology from 1995 to 1998. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Psychology Department, University of Western Ontario, Canada