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Product Details

  • Series: Psychology of Popular Culture
  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop; First Trade Paper Edition edition (July 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771052
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard J. Gerrig, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University whose primary research focuses on readers' experiences of narrative worlds. He is the coauthor of the introductory textbook, Psychology and Life.

Customer Reviews

I gained a better appreciation for the field after reading THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SURVIVOR.
tvtv3
I've watched almost every season of Survivor from the beginning and I've also studied a lot of social psychology, so this book was an interesting set of articles.
rocky mountain reader
The writers don't understand the show at all and instead use it to spout psychological theories that have nothing to do with the reality of Survivor.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on April 19, 2008
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"The Psychology of Survivor" by Richard Gerrig (Editor) brings the innovative reality TV program, 'Survivor' to Ben Bella Book's excellent Psychology of Popular Culture series. Providing a popular forum for PhD-level psychologists, the series aims to make the sciences more accessible to the average person. Discussing how the contestant's actions on Survivor have supported various theories pertaining to cognition, sociopathy, arousal, deprivation, social comparison, identification and many other social psychology concepts, the sixteen thoughtful articles in this book serve to not only increase our appreciation for the TV series but also help us gain insight into how we might be able to better survive (and perhaps thrive) in our own daily environments.

Many of the authors wax nostalgic about the first series, 'Borneo' in which an air of suspense hung around what the outcome of this bold, new experiment in group behavior might be. (In fact, readers should be advised that 'Borneo' contestants are frequently referenced, which probably makes one's knowledge of the classic first season requisite to gaining full benefit from the book.) Richard Hatch serves as a particularly important topic: Kevin Apple and Melissa Beers contending that Mr. Hatch's allied voting strategy befuddled the director's intent to produce a Darwinist struggle of the fittest; P.A. Hancock drills into Mr. Hatch's personality to find that he used an extraordinary mix of rational and intuitive thinking processes to persevere; and Vivian Hayas highlights the situational contexts that played to Mr. Hatch's advantage and led him to victory. Reflecting upon these and a number of other astute analyses, we can ponder the meaning of the Survivor contestants' struggles and relate the lessons learned to our own life experiences.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2007
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This installment of BenBella Books "Psychology of Popular Culture" series takes a look at the granddaddy of reality shows, SURVIVOR. I've been a fan of SURVIVOR since the first season and was eager to see what various psychologists would have to say about how the show reflects psychology. The different aspects of the show examined are quite varied. Even though the book is written for the laymen, it covers some rather deep psychological issues. Possible explanations about why the show is popular; the changes in how people have played the game over time and how those changes mirror life outside of the game; the effect that neuroscience has on those playing the game; tips for viewers based upon social psychological research; the importance of manipulating impressions while playing the game; how stress psychologically effects and changes the people playing the game; the intense aroused feelings that contestants feel; an analysis of how Richard Hatch won the first season of SURVIVOR; the importance of SURVIVOR and shows like it for vicarious psychological experiments; the ways that SURVIVOR plays upon viewers' emotions; how SURVIVOR contradicts the social stereotypes about women in current American culture; what has been learned about social isolation from contestants on the show; what the typical SURVIVOR winner looks like; the rational and naturalistic models of decision-making that contestants use; and even some tips about what one should do in order to win the game are all examined in THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SURVIVOR.

I've never enjoyed studying psychology. I've never seen much use for it. I gained a better appreciation for the field after reading THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SURVIVOR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Valenzuela on January 14, 2013
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This book may have been published too soon, or else it needs a new edition. Many of the conclusions inside have been contradicted, or transcended, by seasons aired after they were published. The information contained in there that was relevant was not exceptionally brilliant: people under stress act differently than people in comfort. First impressions last. True, but trite, and it doesn't take a psychologist to make such observations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jbeth on July 17, 2012
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This a must read for all Survivor Fans (public acknowledged or closet fans). You really see why the show is so intriguing and dynamic maybe even a mirror into your own work or family life. People dynamics are fully explained from various authoritative angles. Must Read book.
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By LLB on April 6, 2013
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Has good information but it is hard to take in. I retain written material easy and I had to re-read multiple sections.
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I've watched almost every season of Survivor from the beginning and I've also studied a lot of social psychology, so this book was an interesting set of articles. Some of the theories work better than others, but they all add something to understanding how the game works.
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