Experimental Social Psychology

Experimental Social Psychology

Text with Illustrative Readings

1st Edition - January 1, 1972

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  • Authors: Chester A. Insko, John Schopler
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483273754

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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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 578
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1972
  • Published: January 1, 1972
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483273754

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Chester A. Insko

John Schopler

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