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An Introduction to Social Psychology
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An Introduction to Social Psychology

First Edition
  • Suhas Shetgovekar - Associate Professor, Discipline of Psychology, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
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January 2019 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This textbook will help students of psychology and related disciplines to understand the fundamentals of social psychology and its application in the Indian context

An Introduction to Social Psychology offers a thorough understanding of all basic concepts and methods of social psychology in a lucid and interactive manner. It enables readers to grasp the idea of the self or the individual in the social context and understand the recent developments in the area of applied social psychology. 

The book is written for undergraduate and postgraduate students of social psychology, sociology, social works and other related disciplines. Every chapter begins with a well-defined set of learning objectives and includes review exercises and project-based activities. Readers would be introduced to the fundamentals and the emerging perspectives in the subject through numerous illustrations, exercises, activities, research data, case studies and links to further reading.  

Key Features 

· 
The language used emphasises clarity and avoids technical jargons to aid ease of understanding
· Covers current perspective, trends and research in social psychology, with a special focus on the Indian context
· Text supported by tables, figures and boxed-examples to aid in understanding and retention of concepts learned
· Inclusion of chapter-wise review questions and multiple choice questions to test learner’s progress and comprehension of the subject

 

 


 
Foreword by Vimala Veeraraghavan
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgement
 
SECTION I: INTRODUCTION
 
Chapter 1. Introduction to Social Psychology
What is Social Psychology?

 
Social Psychology as Science

 
Theories of Social Psychology

 
Historical Developments in Social Psychology

 
Social Psychology in India

 
Current Trends and Challenges in Social Psychology

 
 
Chapter 2. Research Methods in Social Psychology
Research in Social Psychology

 
Key Concepts in Research

 
Components of Research Process

 
Types of Research in Social Psychology

 
Qualitative Research in Social Psychology

 
Ethical Issues in Research

 
Deception in Social Psychology Research

 
Challenges and Problems while Conducting Research in Social Psychology

 
Trends and Prospects in Social Psychology Research

 
 
SECTION II: THE INDIVIDUAL
 
Chapter 3. The Self
The Concept of ‘Self’

 
Self-concept

 
Self-esteem and Self-efficacy

 
Introspection and Self-perception

 
Other Concepts Related to Self

 
Self in Cyberspace

 
Gender Identity

 
 
Chapter 4. Social Cognition
The Concept of Social Cognition

 
Automatic and Controlled Processing

 
Aspects of Social Thought

 
Schemas: The Mental Representation

 
Cognitive Heuristics: The Mental Shortcuts

 
Social Categorisation

 
Cognition and Emotions

 
 
Chapter 5. Social Perception
Person Perception

 
Impression and Impression Formation

 
Attribution

 
Nonverbal Communication

 
 
Chapter 6. Interpersonal Attraction
Affiliation

 
What is Interpersonal Attraction?

 
Theories of Attraction

 
Determinants of Attraction

 
Similarity and Proximity in Attraction

 
Online Attraction

 
Friendship and Close Relationships

 
Homosexual Couples and Relationships

 
Troubled Relationships and Breakups

 
 
Chapter 7. Attitude
What is Attitude?

 
Measurement of Attitude

 
Attitude Formation

 
How Attitudes Guide Behaviour

 
Attitude Change

 
Stereotype, Prejudice and Discrimination

 
Ways to Overcome Stereotype Prejudice and Discrimination

 
 
SECTION III: THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE SOCIETY
 
Chapter 8. Social Influence
What is Social Influence?

 
Conformity

 
Normative Social Influence and Informational Social Influence

 
Minority Influence

 
Compliance

 
Obedience

 
Social Influence and Social Reality

 
Social Norms

 
 
Chapter 9. Prosocial Behaviour
What is Prosocial Behaviour?

 
Approaches and Perspectives to Prosocial Behaviour

 
Situational Factors that Determine Prosocial Behaviour

 
Who is more Likely to Receive Help?

 
Bystander’s Apathy

 
Outcome of Receiving Help

 
Social Support

 
 
Chapter 10. Aggression
What is Aggression?

 
Theories of Aggression

 
Determinants of Aggression

 
The Concept of Anger

 
Prevention and Control of Aggression

 
 
Chapter 11. Group Dynamics
Nature of Group

 
Roles and Norms

 
Group Cohesiveness

 
Performance of Individuals in Groups

 
Deindividuation

 
Decision Making Process in Groups

 
Leadership

 
Conflict and Conflict Resolution

 
Chapter 12. Culture

 
Concept of Culture

 
Culture and Individual

 
Socialisation

 
Psychological Perspective on Influence of Culture on Behaviour

 
Cross-cultural Research

 
 
SECTION IV: APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
 
Chapter 13. Introduction to Applied Social Psychology
The Concept of Applied Social Psychology

 
Historical Developments in Applied Social Psychology

 
Social Psychology Theories

 
Role of Applied Social Psychologists

 
Social Issues and Problems

 
Social Change

 
Intervention

 
Evaluation

 
 
Chapter 14. Application of Social Psychology
Application of Social Psychology to Health Psychology

 
Application of Social Psychology to Industrial and Organisational Psychology

 
Application of Social Psychology to Sports

 
Application of Social Psychology to Clinical and Counselling Psychology

 
Application of Social Psychology to other Areas

 
Appendix—Exercise: Multiple Choice Questions

 
Bibliography

 
Answers to Multiple Choice Questions

 
Index

 
Key features

This textbook will help students of psychology and related disciplines to understand the fundamentals of social psychology and its application in the Indian context

An Introduction to Social Psychology offers a thorough understanding of all basic concepts and methods of social psychology in a lucid and interactive manner. It enables readers to grasp the idea of the self or the individual in the social context and understand the recent developments in the area of applied social psychology. 

The book is written for undergraduate and postgraduate students of social psychology, sociology, social works and other related disciplines. Every chapter begins with a well-defined set of learning objectives and includes review exercises and project-based activities. Readers would be introduced to the fundamentals and the emerging perspectives in the subject through numerous illustrations, exercises, activities, research data, case studies and links to further reading.  

Key Features 

· 
The language used emphasises clarity and avoids technical jargons to aid ease of understanding
· Covers current perspective, trends and research in social psychology, with a special focus on the Indian context
· Text supported by tables, figures and boxed-examples to aid in understanding and retention of concepts learned
· Inclusion of chapter-wise review questions and multiple choice questions to test learner’s progress and comprehension of the subject

 

 

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