Experimental Social Psychology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123726506, 9781483273754

Experimental Social Psychology

1st Edition

Text with Illustrative Readings

Authors: Chester A. Insko John Schopler
eBook ISBN: 9781483273754
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1972
Page Count: 578
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Description

Experimental Social Psychology: Text with Illustrative Readings represents a new approach to undergraduate social psychology by combining both text and readings. This book grew out of the authors’ laborious and yet rewarding collaboration as associate editors of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The book is organized into three parts that cover the three overlapping categories of social psychology: attitude and belief change, interpersonal processes, and small groups. The investigation of attitude and belief change typically involves the persuasive impact produced by a written or orally presented communication when directed at a person. The area of interpersonal processes typically involves two people, puts greater emphasis upon the interactive nature of social relations, and is not restricted to just certain effects such as attitude or belief change. The study of interpersonal processes includes person perception, interpersonal attraction, conformity, conflict resolution, norm formation, etc. The area of small groups includes the study of groups varying in size between two and the number beyond which face-to-face interaction among all the members does not, or cannot easily, occur. Included within this category is the study of leadership, status, group decision-making, etc.

Table of Contents


Preface

Introduction

Part I Attitude and Belief Change

The Concepts of Attitude and Belief

Two Experimental Designs

Chapter 1 Balance and Balance-Related Theories

Heider's Balance Theory

Rosenberg's Affective-Cognitive Consistency Theory

Osgood and Tannenbaumes Congruity Theory

Overview of the Three Theories

Readings

Chapter 2 Reward and Fear: The Hedonistic Account of Attitude Change

Three Types of Psychological Hedonism

Reward

Fear

Final Statement

Readings

Chapter 3 Source Characteristics and Persistence Effects

Source Characteristics

Persistence Effects

Readings

Chapter 4 Dissonance in Free-Choice Situations

General Formulation of Dissonance Theory

Application to Specific Situations

Final Statement

Readings

Chapter 5 Dissonance in Forced-Compliance Situations

Counterattitudinal Role-Playing

Reward and Forced Compliance

Punishment and Forced Compliance

Effort and Forced Compliance

Toward the Reinterpretation of Dissonance Theory

Final Statement

Readings

Chapter 6 Communicator Discrepancy

Dissonance in Exposure Situations

Dissonance Theory of Communicator Discrepancy

Methodological and Quasi-Methodological Problems

Research

Final Statement

Readings

Chapter 7 Resistance to Persuasion

Inoculation Theory

Reactance Theory

Final Statement

Readings

Part II Interpersonal Processes

Chapter 8 Person Perception and Attribution Processes

Categories and Relationships

Combining Cues

Accuracy of Impressions

Causal Attributions

The Internal-External Dimension

Overview

Readings

Chapter 9 Interpersonal Attraction

People as Instrumental to the Satisfaction of a Self-Evaluative Need

Similarity

Implied Evaluation

Spatial Propinquity and Social Contact

Physical Attractiveness

Frustration and Aggression

The Belief in a Just World

Overview

Readings

Chapter 10 Conformity

Experimental Techniques or Situations for the Demonstration of Conformity

Why Does Conformity Occur?

Overview

Readings

Chapter 11 Norm Formation and Exchange Theory

What Is a Norm?

Thibaut and Kelley's Exchange Theory

The Formation of Norms

Readings

Part III Small Groups

Defining Small Groups

Problems of Systematization

A Working Organization

An Important Distinction

Chapter 12 Preînteraction Variables

Seating Arrangement

Group Size

Group Composition

Overview

Readings

Chapter 13 Group Processes—Structure

Status

Leadership

Participation

Communication Networks

Overview

Readings

Chapter 14 Extremity Shifts

The Risky Shift

Polarization of Attitudes through Group Discussion

Overview

Readings

Chapter 15 Intergroup Relationships: Outgroup Rejection

Overevaluation of Ingroup Products

Theories of Outgroup Rejection

Readings

References

Author Index

Subject Index


Details

No. of pages:
578
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1972
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483273754

About the Author

Chester A. Insko

John Schopler