Social Psychology


John D. DeLamater, Daniel J. Myers, Jessica L. Collett

Eighth Edition • July 29, 2014 • 736 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813349503 • $95.00 USD$123.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813349510 • $59.99 USD$59.99 CAN

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Written by well-known sociologists John D. DeLamater, Daniel J. Myers, and Jessica L. Collett, this fully revised and updated edition of Social Psychology is a highly accessible and engaging exploration of the question “what is it that makes us who we are?”

With hundreds of real-world examples, figures, and photographs and grounded in the latest research, the text explores such topics as self, attitudes, social influence, emotions, interpersonal attraction and relationships, and collective behavior. The book also explains the methods that social psychologists use to investigate human behavior in a social context and the theoretical perspectives that ground the discipline. Each chapter is a self-contained unit for ease of use in any classroom, beginning with focal questions that establish the issues being discussed and ending with a summary of key points, a list of key terms and concepts, and critical thinking questions.


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John D. DeLamater is Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been teaching social psychology courses since 1970 and his current research and writing are focused on the effects of life-course transitions on sexuality.

Daniel J. Myers is Vice-President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame.

Jessica L. Collett is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, where she has been since 2006. Her research focuses on identity, emotion, and small group processes.

1. Introduction to Social Psychology

2. Research Methods

3. Socialization through the Life Course

4. Self and Self-Presentation

5. Emotions

6. Social Perception and Cognition

7. Attitudes

8. Symbolic Communication and Language

9. Social Influence and Persuasion

10. Altruism and Prosocial Behavior

11. Aggression

12. Interpersonal Attraction

13. Understanding Groups

14. Group Processes

15. Social Structure and Personality

16. Deviant Behavior and Social Reaction

17. Collective Behavior and Social Movements

“DeLamater, Myers, and Collett’s text has long been the standard for a truly integrative social psychology textbook that brings together the best of what the two disciplines at the heart of the field–psychology and sociology–have to offer. Clear Organization, lucid writing, and broad coverage of subject matter provide students with an introduction that is both accessible and thorough, and the book contains many examples that make concrete for students how social psychological concepts apply pervasively to everyday life.” –Jeremy Freese, Northwestern University

“If you’re looking for an undergraduate textbook in social psychology that is organized, presents up-to-date research findings and concepts from both sociological and psychological perspectives, and engages students in critical thinking and application processes, this textbook is for you.” –Terri Orbuch, Oakland University

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