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Social Psychology and Human Nature, Brief, 4th Edition

  • Roy F. Baumeister
  • Brad J. Bushman
  • ISBN-10: 1305673549
  • ISBN-13: 9781305673540
  • 688 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE, 4th Edition, offers a remarkably fresh and compelling exploration of the fascinating field of social psychology. Respected researchers, teachers, and authors Roy Baumeister and Brad Bushman give students integrated and accessible insight into the ways that nature, the social environment, and culture interact to influence social behavior. While giving essential insight to the power of situations, the text's contemporary approach also emphasizes the role of human nature -- viewing people as highly complex, exquisitely designed, and variously inclined cultural animals who respond to myriad situations. With strong visual appeal, an engaging writing style, and the best of classic and current research, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE helps students make sense of the sometimes baffling -- but always interesting -- diversity of human behavior.

Features

  • Each of the very popular self-quizzes includes one relatively challenging item, thereby providing more variety so that students of all ability levels can find questions that are useful and appropriate for checking their progress.

  • "Money Matters" boxes illuminate social psychology concepts by applying them to familiar concerns from everyday life. These entertaining, pragmatically useful extensions of each chapter's basic research themes include such topics as: How did some football teams pay a price for racial prejudice? Would You Sell Your Soul for $1? and Money, Men, and Mating.

  • The text focuses on the key findings that have shaped theoretical thought -- including the best of both classic and current research -- and helps students develop an integrative yet broad and informed understanding of the field. Graphs and images, such as a multi-country scatterplot graph in the Aggression chapter illustrating decreased violence levels worldwide in the 20th century, engage students and enhance their learning and understanding.

  • Baumeister and Bushman succeed at their goal of putting the person back in the situation. Rather than focusing on humans as blank slates who just respond to situations, and treating the subject as unrelated lists of findings and phenomena, the authors use running themes throughout the book to emphasize the role of human nature and tie the material together. Themes include "the duplex mind", "putting people first", "the long road to social acceptance", and "nature says go, culture says stop".

  • "Food for Thought" boxes tie chapter material to an intriguing social psychology issue as it relates to food -- a central theme in the lives of today's students given that college presents a novel set of challenges and opportunities for eating, drinking, dieting, and related concerns. Topics include "It's the Thought that Counts (or Doesn't Count) the Calories", "Mood and Food", "Virtuous Vegetarians", and "Restaurants, Rules, and the Bad Taste of Nonconformity".

  • Many decisions and dilemmas involve tradeoffs, so there is often no single right answer that will suit everyone. "Tradeoffs" boxes help students develop a greater capacity to see both sides of many problems and behaviors, and realize that solving one problem will sometimes create another. Topics include "Now Versus Tomorrow: Delay of Gratification", "Self-Handicapping", "Affect Intensity, or the Joys of Feeling Nothing", and "Lower Expectations to Increase Happiness".

About the Author

Roy F. Baumeister

Roy F. Baumeister, a professor of psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia, has taught introductory social psychology to thousands of undergraduate students. His teaching and research experience includes appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, Case Western Reserve University, Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, the Max Planck Institute in Munich (Germany), the VU University, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia), the University of Bamberg (Germany), the University of Melbourne (Australia) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. An active researcher whose work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Templeton Foundation, Dr. Baumeister has conducted research on the self (including self-esteem and self-control), the need to belong, sexuality, aggression and how people find meaning in life. In 2005, the Institute for Scientific Information concluded from a survey of published bibliographies that he was among the most influential psychologists in the world (the top 1%) -- a status that has been confirmed several times since then. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Baumeister's works have been cited over 175,000 times in scientific literature. In 2013, he received the William James Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association for Psychological Science in all of psychology, in recognition of his lifetime achievements and contributions to basic scientific research in psychology. Dr. Baumeister received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1978. In his (very rare) spare time, he likes to ski and play jazz.

Brad J. Bushman

Brad J. Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, where he holds the Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Michigan (2003-2010) and Iowa State University (1990-2003). For over 30 years Dr. Bushman has conducted research on aggression and violence. He was a member of President Obama's committee on gun violence, and he has testified before the U.S. Congress about youth violence. His research has challenged several myths (e.g., guns make people safer, venting anger reduces aggression, aggressive people suffer from low self-esteem, violence and sex sell products, media warning labels reduce audience size, exposure to violent media has a trivial effect on aggression). His work earned him the title of "myth buster" from a colleague. Dr. Bushman's research has been published in the top scientific journals (SCIENCE, NATURE, PNAS) and featured extensively in the mass media (BBC, THE NEW YORK TIMES, NPR). His teaching honors include the 2018 G. Stanley Hall Lecture, while his research honors include the Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for "outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action" and Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology and Technology from the American Psychological Association in 2014. He and his family live in Columbus, Ohio. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his bicycle and listening to music, especially solo piano, jazz and progressive rock. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

Table of Contents

1. The Mission and the Method.
2. Culture and Nature.
3. The Self.
4. Behavior Control: The Self in Action.
5. Social Cognition.
6. Emotion and Affect.
7. Attitudes, Beliefs, and Consistency.
8. Social Influence and Persuasion.
9. Prosocial Behavior: Doing What's Best for Others.
10. Aggression and Antisocial Behavior.
11. Attraction and Exclusion.
12. Close Relationships: Passion, Intimacy, and Sexuality.
13. Prejudice and Intergroup Relations.
14. Groups.

New to this edition

  • New and updated feature boxes offer fascinating insights into such topics as: Social Side of Sex: Is a Marriage a Group? (in Chapter 14, "Groups"); Tradeoffs: What Is the Real Attitude? (in Chapter 7, "Attitudes, Beliefs, and Consistency"); Money Matters: Money and Antisocial Behavior; and Tradeoffs: Men and Warfare (both in Chapter 10, "Aggression and Antisocial Behavior").
  • Several chapters have new and updated vignettes. Topics include the return of previously eradicated diseases in the wake of parents deciding not to vaccinate their children (Ch. 5, "Social Cognition"); the worldwide "pay it forward" phenomenon (Ch. 9, "Prosocial Behavior"); and the long history of "human zoos," in which Africans and conquered indigenous peoples were kept in pens and cages as if they were animals (Ch. 13, "Prejudice").
  • The modules on applying social psychology to consumer behavior, the workplace, health, law, and the environment (Modules A, B, C, D, and E) are thoroughly revised and updated. These modules appear at the end of the text and can be assigned according to your preference.
  • The authors updated the book's well-received endnote reference style, which is used in the top scientific journals (e.g., Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science).

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Social Psychology and Human Nature, Comprehensive Edition  (ISBN-10: 1305497910 | ISBN-13: 9781305497917)

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Social Psychology and Human Nature, Comprehensive Edition  (ISBN-10: 1305497910 | ISBN-13: 9781305497917)

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