Each article is introduced by the editors, who place each one in its context, and summarize the findings. In addition, they consider the following points:
∗ theoretical background and hypotheses
∗ results and types of analysis
∗ discussion of the importance of the study and critique of any sub–optimal features of the research, as well as links to subsequently published studies.
Whilst organized to correspond with the structure and coverage of the second edition of the Introduction to Social Psychology, also published by Blackwell, this reader is designed to work with a broad range of courses and texts.
1. Introduction to a History of Social Psychology.
Contemporary Social Psychology in Historical Perspective: D. Cartwright.
2. Evolutionary Social Psychology.
Sex Differences in Jealousy: Evolution, Physiology and Psychology: D. M. Buss.
3. Developmental Social Psychology.
The Development of Children′s Preference for their own Country: A Cross–National Study: H. Tajfel et al.
4. Methodology in Social Psychology: Putting Ideas to the Test.
Experimentation in Social Psychology: A Reappraisal: K. J. Gergen.
Part II: Construction of the Social World:.
5. Basic Concepts and Approaches in Social Cognition.
Forming Impressions of Personality: S. E. Asch. A Hypothesis– Confirming Bias in Labelling Effects: J. M. Darley and P. H. Gross.
6. Processing Social Information for Judgements and Decisions.
Cognitive Representation of Personality Impressions: Organizational Processes in First Impressions Formation: D. L. Hamilton et al.
Reconstructing the Past: Some Cognitive Consequences of Person Perception: M. Snyder and S. W. Uranowitz.
7. Attribution Theory: Basic Issues and Applications.
Videotape and the Attribution Process: Reversing Actor′s and Observers′ Points of View: M. D. Storms.
Attributions and Behaviour in Marital Interaction: T. N. Bradbury and F. D. Fincham.
8. Attitudes: Structure, Measurement and Functions.
Empirical Validation of Affect, Behaviour, and Cognition as Distinct Components of Attitude: S. J. Breckler.
Prediction of Goal–Directed Behaviour: Attitudes, Intentions, and Perceived Behavioural Control: I. Ajzen and T. J. Madden.
9. Principles of Attitude Formation and Strategies of Attitude Change.
Decision Freedom as a Determinant of the Role of Incentive Magnitude in Attitude Change: D. E. Linder, J. Cooper and E. E. Jones.
Personal Involvement as a Determinant of Argument–Based Persuasion: R. E. Petty, J. T. Cacioppo and R. Goldman.
Part III: Emotion, Communication and Relationships:.
Cognitive, Social and Physiological Determinants of Emotional States: S. Schachter and J. E. Singer.
Constants Across Cultures in the Face and Emotion: P. Ekman and W. V. Friesen.
11. Interpersonal Communication. Secondary Baby Talk: Judgements by Institutionalized Elderly and their Caregivers: L. R. Caporeal, M. P. Lukazewski and G. H. Culbertson.
Channel Consistency and Inconsistency in the Communications of Married Couples: P. Noller.
12. Affiliation, Attraction and Close Relationships.
Romantic Love Conceptualized as Attachment Process: C. Hazan and P. Shaver.
Commitment and Satisfaction in Romantic Associations: A Test of the Investment Model: C. E. Rusbult.
13. Prosocial Behaviour.
From Jerusalem to Jericho: A Study of Situational and Dispositional Variables in Helping Behaviour: J. M. Darley and C. D. Batson.
A Lady in Distress: Inhibiting Effects of Friends and Strangers on Bystander Intervention: B. Latane and J. Rodin.
14. Aggressive Behaviour.
Weapons as Aggression–Eliciting Stimuli: L. Berkowitz and A. LePage.
Attribution of Apparent Arousal and Proficiency of Recovery from Sympathetic Activation Affecting Transfer to Aggressive Behaviour: D. Zillmann, R. C. Johnson and K. D. Day.
Part IV: Social Groups:.
15. Group Performance.
Many Hands Make Light the Work: The Causes and Consequences of Social Loafing: B. Latane, K. Williams and S. Harkins. Productivity Loss in Brainstorming Groups: Towards the Solution of a Riddle: M. Diehl and W. Stroebe.
16. Social Influence in Groups.
Influence of a Consistent Minority on the Responses of a Majority in a Color Perception Task: S. Moscovici et al. Behavioural Study of Obedience: S. Milgram.
17. Intergroup Relations.
Intergroup Discrimination and Self–Esteem in the Minimal Group Paradigm: L. Lemyre and P. M. Smith. Intergroup Contact: The Typical Member and the Exception to the Rule: D. A. Wilder.
Part V: Epilogue:.
18. Applied Social Psychology.
Social Support and Immune Function Among Spouses of Cancer Patients: R. S. Baron, C. E. Cutrona, D. Hicklin, D. W. Russell and D. M. Lubaroff.
The Social Psychology of Eyewitness Accuracy: Misleading Questions and Communicator Expertise: V. L. Smith and P. C. Ellsworth.