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Social Psychology

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Author/Editor(s): Catherine A. Sanderson
Publication Date: December 2, 2009
ISBN-10: 0471250260
ISBN-13: 978-0471250265
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Size: 24.9 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

Psychologists have been searching for a reference that unifies the disparate topics of social psychology around a central theme. Social Psychology follows that approach as it presents the most fundamental concepts in the field. It touches on all of the major concepts researchers are currently addressing but is firmly grounded in the basic social psychological theories and principles. A single chapter is included on the impact of culture in psychology, focusing on how the findings and theories might differ in different cultures. Psychologists will benefit from two research studies in each chapter that provide a real world perspective of the material.

About the Author

Catherine A. Sanderson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. She earned her A.B. at Stanford University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Princeton University. While at Princeton, she received the Psychology Department’s First Year Merit Prize, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association.

Sanderson’s research, which has received funding from the National Institute of Health, is based in social-personality psychology and specifically on issues within close relationships and health-related behavior, such as the interaction of individuals in close relationships; individuals’ accuracy in perceiving others’ attitudes and behavior; and why individuals learn more when they receive personally-relevant or “matching” messages. Sanderson is the author of Slow and Steady Parenting: Active Child-Raising for the Long Haul as well as a textbook entitled Health Psychology. She has served on the Editorial Boards for Health Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Research in Personality. In addition, Sanderson writes a “Body Talk” blog for Psychology Today.

In her introductory psychology and social psychology courses at Amherst College, Sanderson’s teaching emphasizes providing students with general information and skills in interpreting and understanding research that can then be explored in more detail in future classes as well as be used in some way in their day to day lives. She also teaches more specialized classes that focus in depth on health psychology, close relationships, and sports psychology. These classes offer a different type of challenge, namely working with students to critically examine, discuss, and write about empirical research in particular areas.


I am a PhD student in social psychology and I used this textbook in my undergrad intro course. It is hands down the best social psychology textbook I have ever used. Well organized, clearly written. The author does a great job relating social psychology to everyday life by pointing out connections to health, education, media, environment, law, business, etc. throughout the text - there is something for everyone to get excited about here. Perfect for anyone looking for an introduction to social psych.

--KMT, Amazon Customer Reviews
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