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  • Series: Social Psychology
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press (January 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813330033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813330037
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,358,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We have seen a tremendous expansion of studies, both theoretical and empirical, of social dilemmas and related issues such as trust, cooperation, reciprocity, and pro-sociality in the last quarter of a century. This book provides an extensive review of the psychological studies of social dilemmas, discusses how psychological perspectives are related to research in other fields of social and biological sciences, and contributes to the development of a more integrated understanding of humans as a cooperative species. Written in a friendly style for general readership, this book serves as a good textbook for students as well as a resource book for researchers in both psychology and other social science fields." --Toshio Yamagishi, Professor of Behavioral Science, Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, Japan

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Paul Van Lange is Professor of Social Psychology and Chair of the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at the VU University at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Most of his research on human cooperation and trust is grounded in interdependence theory, through which he seeks to understand the functions of forgiveness, generosity, empathy, fairness, retaliation, competition, as well as general beliefs of human nature in various situations. His publications have appeared in journals such as the Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. With various colleagues around the globe, Van Lange has published several books, including the Atlas of Interpersonal Situations (Published by Cambridge, 2003), Bridging Social Psychology (Published by Erlbaum, 2006), and the Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology (Published by Sage, 2012). He served as Associate Editor for various journals, such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science, is founding editor of an interdisciplinary series on Social Dilemmas (Published by Oxford), and has served as Director of the Kurt Lewin Institute and as President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.

Craig D. Parks is Professor of Psychology at Washington State University. His research focuses on cooperation and noncooperation, and reaction to non-normative actors, in mixed-motive situations. He also works as a consultant to energy companies in the Pacific Northwest on social psychological factors underlying resistance to energy conservation. He is the Editor of Group Dynamics and former Associate Editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and has twice co-edited special issues of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, on social dilemmas (2012), and on group decision-making processes (1999). Among his publications, he has co-authored a chapter (1995) in the Annual Review of Psychology on mixed-motive interaction, as well as the book Social Dilemmas (1996, Westview Press). He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Daniel Balliet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at the VU University at Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Balliet's research applies experimental methods and meta-analytic techniques to study cooperation and conflict resolution. His research has examined theoretical perspectives on trust, incentives, social values, and forgiveness. Dr. Balliet has published his research in top journals in Psychology and Political Science, including Psychological Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Mark Van Vugt is Professor of Evolution, Work and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at the VU University at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His expertise is in evolutionary psychology, group dynamics, leadership, status, conflict and cooperation, and in applications of evolutionary psychology to societal issues such as business and management, environmental sustainability, water conservation, politics, war and peace. His publications have appeared in journals such as the American Psychologist, Proceedings of Royal Society-B, and Psychological Science. With various colleagues,Van Vugt has published several books, including a trade book entitled Naturally Selected: The Evolutionary Science of Leadership (Published by Harper Business, 2010), and a textbook entitled Applying Social Psychology: From Problems to Solutions (Published by Sage, 2008). He served as Associate Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and is a research fellow at University of Oxford.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By G. on April 14, 2004
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This book is written in a style that falls somewhere between doctoral dissertation and plain-talk layman's introduction. Those of us who find the subject fascinating will appreciate the book as straightforward, comprehensive and simple to read; if you're not fundamentally interested in social dilemmas, you will probably find it very dry and slightly dull (there isn't a lot of personality here). Either way, it will tell you nearly everything you'd need to know about social dilemmas.
Every theory that's introduced is followed by a detailed description of the computer models or experiments that prove or raise questions about that theory. The good news there is that you can easily skip over that information if it's too complicated or not relevant for you. It also means that you know exactly where the theories came from and how much evidence supports them.
The book gets a little redundant in places, which adds a little to the boredom factor if you're reading it cover-to-cover, but it also means that you don't have to read the entire book to understand any given chapter.
They do link social dilemmas to real-world problems frequently, but the whole text would read better and be more interesting (in my opinion) if they'd include significantly more examples about how people have actually dealt with and/or solved real-life social dilemmas in a way that did not tie back to graduate research.
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