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Social Psychology (12th Edition) [Hardcover]

by Shelley E. Taylor, Letitia Anne Peplau, David O. Sears
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April 28, 2005 0131932810 978-0131932814 12

Generations of readers have learned social psychology from this book–it provides balanced, up-to-date, and accurate coverage of basic topics, research, and theories. Balancing cutting-edge findings and classic work in the field, the user-friendly Social Psychology shows how its methods and theories can be applied to everyday experiences and current social issues. Interesting and easy to read and understand, the topics covered are broad in scope but not overwhelming; these include: perception of people and events; attitudes and influence; social interactions and relationships; helping and hurting others; social psychology and health; and social psychology and the law. Teachers, health professionals, lawyers, business leaders, and people in many different professions will find Social Psychology to be a valuable reference and handbook.

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Shelley E. Taylor is professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Taylor received her B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. She taught at Harvard University until 1979, when she joined the faculty at UCLA. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Social Psychology, the Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award in Health Psychology, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, and the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. She has served on the editorial boards of many journals. Her other books include Social Cognition (with Susan T. Fiske), Health Psychology, Positive Illusions, and The Tending Instinct. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in social cognition, health psychology, and social neuroscience.

Letitia Anne Peplau is professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Peplau received her B.A. in psychology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Since 1973, she has taught at UCLA, where she has served as chair of the social psychology program and co-director of the Center for the Study of Women. She was elected president of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships and received the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Her other books include Loneliness: A Sourcebook of Current Theory, Research, and Therapy (edited with Daniel Perlman), Close Relationships (with Harold H. Kelley et al.), and Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity (edited with Rose Veniegas et al.) She has published numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as loneliness, friendship, gender roles in heterosexual dating and marriage, the relationships of lesbians and gay men, and the development of sexual orientation.

David O. Sears is professor of psychology and political science, former dean of social sciences, and current director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Sears received his B.A. in history from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University. Since 1962, he has taught at UCLA. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and president of the International Society of Political Psychology. His other books include Public Opinion (with Robert E. Lane), The Politics of Violence: The New Urban Blacks and the Watts Riot (with John B. McConahay), Tax Revolt: Something for Nothing in California (with Jack Citrin), Political Cognition (edited with Richard R. Lau), Racialized Politics: The Debate About Racism in America (edited with Jim Sidanius and Lawrence Bobo), and the Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (edited with Leonie Huddy and Robert Jervis). He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of topics, including attitude change, mass communications, ghetto riots, political socialization, voting behavior, racism in politics, and the politics of multiculturalism.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 12 edition (April 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131932810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131932814
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but long April 4, 2008
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Pros: Very comprehensive in subject matter, good grouping of information, gives definition of key words at side of each page, contains summaries at the end of each chapter

Cons: Not visually appealing (only black and blue ink used, even in pictures), The sections are long and drawn out, no chapter review questions are given to test proficiency.

Overall, I thought I must have recieved an old textbook due to the lack of visual stimulation which helps me absorb the information. But I do have the most recent copy. I wonder why they would cut corners in this regard even though the book sells for as much as other books that make reading easier by providing a more pleasant visual experience.

But it is a college level book, so I can't complain too much. The quality of information is good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This isn't education; it's indoctrination. February 10, 2014
I was greatly offended by the subtle attempts of the authors to influence the students' opinion of socialism. Coupled with an explanation of how to influence people, it came across as indoctrination. They clearly had their own agenda and it wasn't to present objective information on how human beings behave.

What these Californians desire is to see is an America where the people are completely disarmed and subject to the will and force of an elite few. They expect people to believe that a corrupt government, taxing people into the ground, and re-distributing wealth to people with more skin color will create a better world. What they are teaching is not true tolerance or equality, but a new form of prejudice that is thinly disguised as tolerance.

It is apparent from their writings that they lack a firm grasp of Southern history, culture, and present day challenges-never-mind the principles the Unitied States Was founded on. They love to bring up racism and the South, but fail to explain the Civil War was started over tariffs, not slaves. Of course they're not going bring up the buildings built on top of slave graveyards in New York; that doesn't fit their southerners-are-the-devil agenda.

They bring up violence in the South, but fail to mention that cities with the highest rates of gun crime are some in the north with the strictest gun control laws, like Chicago and Washington D.C. Why? The truth doesn't fit their agenda.

I am a descendent of immigrants (legal immigrants) who learned to speak English. Expecting people to legally immigrate, speak English, and obey our laws isn't racism; it's law and order. It's easy for some city slickers from L.A.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great September 9, 2013
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Condition as described. Very happy with my product glad I made the purchase through here would definitely recommend to work with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Social Psychology January 4, 2013
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Good book, got for college class. Not one I will be keeping as it has a lot of repeated info from other classes. Great book if you are just starting out in Psychology. Easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text February 22, 2011
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All material is clearly laid out in a sequence that makes sense. Its got your key terms defined in the margins, great for those of you who don't like to really read. Lots of examples, easy to understand
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