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Case Studies in Social Psychology
Critical Thinking and Application



April 2018 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In Case Studies in Social Psychology: Critical Thinking and Application, Thomas Heinzen and Wind Goodfriend use brief, entertaining case stories to illustrate the historical context and evolution of major theories within the field of social psychology. By employing a unique mix of contemporary research and hallmark studies, Heinzen and Goodfriend encourage students to explore new, meaningful ways of thinking about and connecting with foundational course concepts. In turn, this approach facilitates engaged conversation and deeper critical thinking both in and out of the classroom.

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Preface: To Students and Their Teachers
 
Chapter 1 Introduction to Social Psychology
1.1 Does Corruption Corrupt?  
1.2 An Error of Intuition: Bloodletting and Purging  
1.3 Decision Making: Sex and the Power of the Situation  
 
Chapter 2 Research Methods
2.1 Gang Leader for a Day: There’s More Than One Way to Know  
2.2 The Pump Handle Affair: Correlations Can Be Clues  
2.3 The Experimental Impulse During the Salem Witch Trials: Why Procedures Matter  
 
Chapter 3 The Social Self
3.1 Who’s Talking Now? Facilitated Communication and the Ouija Board Self  
3.2 Personhood Versus Malignant Social Psychology  
3.3 Does My Bump Look Big in This? The Pregnant Self  
3.4 The Disappearing Self: Phineas Gage’s Horse-Drawn Stagecoach  
 
Chapter 4 Social Cognition
4.1 Intuition in the NICU  
4.2 Strange Symptoms and Dual Processing  
4.3 Schema Mode Therapy: The Case of Defenseless Jimmy  
 
Chapter 5 Person Perception
5.1 Tell Me the Truth—Am I Too Pretty? Marilyn Monroe and the Halo Effect  
5.2 From Street Kid to Magician to Scholar: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Robert Merton  
5.3 Pygmalion in the Classroom: The Slow Creation of a Classic Study  
5.4 The Rock in the Coffin: Managing Fear of Death  
 
Chapter 6 Attitudes and Persuasion
6.1 When Prophecy Fails: Prelude to the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance  
6.2 When Prophecy Fails: Alien Apocalypse  
6.3 Where Have All the Addicts Gone? Three Predictors Are Better Than One  
 
Chapter 7 Social Influence
7.1 Mods and Rockers: A Moral Panic  
7.2 More Than Obedience: Disturbing New Data From the Shock Experiments  
7.3 Big Fish Eat Small Fish: Social Coordination in a Violent World  
 
Chapter 8 Group Processes
8.1 More Than a Game: The Prisoner’s Dilemma  
8.2 Social Rejection: A Case Study of 13 School Shootings  
8.3 On the Shoulders of Giant Women: The First Computer Programmers  
 
Chapter 9 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
9.1 Economic Anxiety and the Forced Deportation of U.S. Citizens  
9.2 Institutional Discrimination: The Accidental Conspiracy at Erasmus High  
9.3 Footnote 11: After the Doll Studies  
 
Chapter 10 Helping and Prosocial Behavior
10.1 Insects, Vampire Bats, Prairie Dogs, and Fish: Altruism in Animals  
10.2 The Bacon Truce: Zig-Zags and the Development of Cooperation  
10.3 The Subway Samaritan: The Mathematics of Relative Altruism  
 
Chapter 11 Aggression
11.1 Doloreisa’s Story: Aggression, Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking  
11.2 The Great Train Robbery: Violence as Entertainment  
11.3 “I Could Just Kill Them!” Fantasies About Murder  
11.4 The Cinderella Effect  
 
Chapter 12 Intimate Relationships
12.1 Religion and Marriage Counseling  
12.2 Male Victims of Relationship Abuse  
12.3 Happily Ever After: Ingredients to a Long, Happy Marriage  
 
References
 
Index
Key features

KEY FEATURES: 

  • A storytelling approach engages students with insights from the history of social psychology.
  • Discussion questions that can be assigned as homework encourage critical thinking.
  • Lists of key terms provide explicit vocabulary terms connected to other books or lectures.
  • The core text Social Psychology, also by Heinzen and Goodfriend, is available as part of the complete teaching and learning package.  


Sample Materials & Chapters

11.2: The Great Train Robbery: Violence as Entertainment


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