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An Introduction to Social Psychology Paperback – May 14, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1444335446 ISBN-10: 1444335448 Edition: 5th

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"This revised version of An Introduction to Social Psychology edited by Miles Hewstone, Wolfgang Stroebe and Klaus Jonas offers a uniquely broad view of social psychology. The book is at the same time both mainstream in its coverage and novel in its perspective. It is a volume that has international appeal, drawing from a range of scientific findings and contemporary illustrations of their social significance. Renowned authors bring deep expertise and unusual insight to each chapter. Every chapter skillfully bridges classic work with the latest, cutting-edge advances in the area. The chapters are written in a highly accessible way, consistent in level and structure, and are well-organized thematically. Together, the fifteen chapters in the volume tell an engaging and comprehensive story about the field of social psychology."
John F. Dovidio, Department of Psychology, Yale University, USA

"The new edition of this classic textbook is very welcome. Hewstone and colleagues have made excellent improvements in coverage and pedagogical features, consolidating continual development of this text since the first edition nearly 25 years ago. Students will enjoy the style, find it easy to learn from, and be pleased that it retains its approach as a serious textbook. Instructors will find that its clear structure, comprehensiveness and reader-friendliness makes it a pleasure to teach from."
Dominic Abrams, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Kent, UK

"This is simply a must-read collection of chapters for students of social psychology."
C. Neil Macrae, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, UK

This is the fifth, completely revised and updated edition of an introductory social psychology text that has had huge success in Europe and across the globe.  It has been specially designed to meet the needs of students at all levels, with contributions written by leading social psychologists, each an acknowledged expert on the topics covered in a given chapter. An Introduction to Social Psychology benefits hugely from an updated range of innovative pedagogical features intended to catch the imagination, combined with a rigorous editorial approach, which results in a cohesive and uniform style accessible to all. Each chapter addresses both major theories and key studies, showing how the relevant field of research has developed over time and linking classic and contemporary perspectives. While maintaining the features that have contributed to its acclaim, the fifth edition has been extensively adapted and rewritten to cover everything a student of the discipline will need, including:

  • Full coverage of all the major theories and topics
  • Focused discussions of important research studies and the implications of their findings
  • Descriptions of real-life application of theory and research are presented throughout in the ‘Social Psychology Beyond the Lab’ feature
  • ‘Individual Differences’ boxes with illustrative items from scales used to measure variables discussed in the chapters
  • Clear conclusions, further reading and learning questions to track your progression
  • Concise biographies of ‘Leaders in the Field’, both classic and contemporary scholars from across the globe who have had a major impact on their research area

Resources designed to aid learning and help both instructors and students including test banks, lecture slides and further reading can also be found on the book’s accompanying website at

Combining its traditional academic rigour with a contemporary level of cohesion, accessibility, pedagogy and instructor support, the fifth edition of An Introduction to Social Psychology provides the definitive guide to the engaging and ever-evolving field of social psychology.

About the Author

Miles Hewstone is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Oxford. His current work centres on the reduction of intergroup conflict via intergroup contact, stereotype change, and crossed categorization. Professor Hewstone is a former editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and co-founding editor of the European Review of Social Psychology. He has also been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Spearman Medal (1987) and the Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge (2001), from the British Psychological Society. He has authored and edited several books, including Psychology (2005, Blackwell) and Minority Influence and Innovation (2010, Taylor and Francis).

Wolfgang Stroebe has taught social psychology at universities in the USA, UK, Germany and The Netherlands and is now Professor at Utrecht University and the University of Groningen, both in the Netherlands. He is editor with Miles Hewstone of the European Review of Social Psychology. He has authored and co-authored eight books and more than a hundred scientific articles and chapters on topics of social and health psychology. He is Fellow of a great number of international associations and has received numerous awards for his scientific work.

Klaus Jonas has taught social and organizational psychology at universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is Professor of Social and Business Psychology at the University of Zurich. He has published on attitudes, stereotypes and human resource management. His current interests concern the influence of leadership on performance and satisfaction of subordinates.

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