This list is compiled of books I would personally recommend to anyone who's interested in social psychology but doesn't know where to start. And the more you know about social psychology and human behavior, the better. Reading good psychology books lets you jump-start your education by. Books shelved as social-psychology: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking With.
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1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini 2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 3. Stumbling on Happiness by. This book clearly provides the key components and concepts that many social psychology textbooks cover. In comparing this book with other social psychology . Discover the best Popular Social Psychology & Interactions in Best Sellers. Find the top most popular items in site Books Best Sellers.
The current publication date on each module is , but it is unclear whether the modules have actually been updated since the first edition which I believe was Clarity rating: 5 The modules are written in way that is engaging, clear, and accessible.
Each module is relatively short, which makes it manageable and easy to read for students. Consistency rating: 5 Even though each module is written by a different author, the textbook is surprisingly consistent in format and writing style.
The content is mostly consistent. Different authors bring different perspectives, but I find these different perspectives to be complimentary rather than contradictory.
Modularity rating: 5 One of the main strengths of this textbook is the modularity. Instructors can choose to use this book as is, or they can login to the Noba website and build their own textbook by picking and choosing which modules to include and where to place them in the book. As an instructor, I really like this flexibility. Nonetheless, I'm rating a 4 out of 5 because with so many different authors, there is a risk of inconsistent terminology.
With 27 chapters in 8 units, the modules in this textbook provide some structure, but can easily be organized according to what an instructor most wants to cover. The modules are written with no prescribed order, so reorganizing chapters will not disrupt the flow of information.
Since I like to have student groups teach chapter sections as part of their term project, this will be very helpful in providing them many options to choose from. Since each chapter is written by an expert on the topic, some of them may seem overly self-referential.
However they are arguably justifiable self-references, and at least it is not one author self-citing in every chapter.
For example, McAdams, a leading researcher on narrative identity, writes mainly about his theory of narrative identity development in the chapter on the Self and Identity, citing seven of his own works.
While narrative identity is certainly a helpful theory for our students to learn, he barely even nods toward any other significant research on topics like self-perception theory, self-judgment, self-esteem, self-efficacy, self-enhancement, and the self-reference effect all topics covered in the chapter on the self that my current textbook includes.
Since this is the only unit on the self in this collection , important findings in this area, covering these terms, as well as research on our ability to understand and predict our own behavior are not covered. However, there are modules in Noba Psychology on Self-Efficacy and Self-Regulation, and more, if an instructor decides those are important to add in.
The modules chosen for this textbook are organized in a logical, clear fashion see table of contents. Again, an instructor can switch modules and reorganize them if desired.
Chapters can be read online or downloaded as. Online, each chapter has an interactive table of contents TOC , learning objectives, a list of links to interesting outside resources occasionally with imbedded videos , discussion questions, and a glossary of terms.
All of these are pedagogically useful for instructors and students. However, the second level of headings within the text content is not interactive, so clicking on the TOC only works for the supplementary resources, not sections of the chapter.
Using a search function online or in the pdf makes up for that.
Downloaded files pdf do not have an interactive TOC. Clicking vocabulary terms takes you to the glossary, though you have to scroll back up to find your place again afterward.
On either the online or downloaded version, the formatting is clean, attractive, and easy to read and navigate. Social psychology, despite starting out as Western-biased as the rest of psychology, has generally led the field in terms of inclusion and attention to culture. This collection includes a chapter on culture, a chapter on culture and emotion, and a chapter on prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping.
You can also find references to culture and national comparisons on concepts in other chapters. I was surprised by the level of support offered with this open textbook.
Noba is supported by the nonprofit Diener Education Fund, and has staff available to guide instructors through the Noba site, explain how to edit and save textbooks, and give access to instructor resources, including for each manual: The Noba website also includes Teaching Topic Essays and a blog about entries per month with teaching tips and resources.
Social psychology is a wide ranging topic and the book covers the broad 5 categories of the sub-discipline. Virtually all of the topics that I expected to be there featured at some point in the textbook, although there was a lack of content Virtually all of the topics that I expected to be there featured at some point in the textbook, although there was a lack of content regarding crowd behaviour and intergroup conflict.
Learning objectives are included at start of every chapter, glossary, discussion questions, web resources and references. I liked the focus on real-world applications interspersed with research examples, although at times felt that there were missed opportunities for the latter and a lack of applied chapters. I found the web resources really useful and interesting but needs to be more text to relate these to chapter content and relevance.
Emotional contagion and social manipulation on Facebook are mentioned as an outside resource but references to these are absent in text. Although there are attempts to discuss the impact of technological advances on the field, more on technology and the impact on social psychology as a field could have been included.
In general, I found the content to be accurate, error-free and unbiased. Cross cultural research is featured but more so in some chapters than others. In Ch. This paper argues that there is a lack of evidence regarding the presence of 38 witnesses or that they remained inactive.
This is a very important example of how key material presented in textbook has biased the discipline of social psychology. Reference to classic studies is effectively interspersed with more up-to-date material. There is reference to classic studies revisited and updated material e. Triplett and Stroebe Recent discussion on the so-called replicability crisis in social psychology is included in Ch 2 but this is somewhat sparse. Necessary updates will be relatively easy to and straightforward to implement.
However more could have been made of the importance of technological developments on social psychology research and the future of the field. The book begins with a discussion on the influence of smartphones on our behaviour and relationships and ends with a reference to the importance of social media relationships in modern times.
The use of big data in Ch. I felt that in Ch. There is now an abundance of research articles on social psychology and Facebook and recent debates regarding e. There is a consistent structure in terms of the features of the text, the learning objectives, chapter prose, discussion questions, glossary, web resources and references but there is inconsistency and overlap in terms of content. There is some attempt at cross-referencing to other NOBA modules but cross-referencing to specific content in other chapters is absent.
For example, references to Culture of Honor studies by Cohen et al. Because of the modular nature of the textbook, there is a lot of repetition throughout in terms of theoretical concepts yet very little cross-referencing. Chapters are varied in terms of style and quality, although generally of a high standard throughout. Some chapters are written by those well-known in their fields e.
Burger, Buss , which adds to the credibility of the textbook. Modularity is both a pro and a con of the textbook, as in my previous point.
That said, I did enjoy reading the text as a whole. The text lacks a logical and clear structure due to the modular nature of the textbook and the multiple authors, along with the lack of cross-referencing throughout.
The vocabulary list is useful but clicking on links just take you to the page rather than the specific word.
Would be more useful if could hover over the word to get the definition if possible. This would not interrupt the flow as I had to scroll back to the point at which I was reading. Due to the modular nature of the text there is a lot of repetition in the text regarding concepts and definitions as glossaries appear at the end of each chapter instead of one vocabulary list at the end of the textbook.
There were a few examples of text appearing in a different size but there were no significant issues. The text is generally very well-written and free from grammatical errors. Some errors regarding referencing style, e. I did not find the text culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. There were some good examples from across cultures. As previously mentioned, it is biased towards North American research and publications and key European and British studies on e.
There is also a lack of critical social psychology and qualitative social psychological research. Overall, I found this textbook to be very readable and accessible. I enjoyed reading the material and at times found it up-to-date and relevant to social psychology in the 21st century, although improvements could be made to make it more relevant to today's students and in terms of real world application and critical social psychology.
Unfortunately, the key area of intergroup relations and intergroup conflict receives extremely short shrift; the closest coverage is a single module on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. A stand-alone combined glossary is provided at the end, as well as a helpful module-specific glossary at the end of each module. With that said, social psychology is in flux and there are some questions about the replicability of studies that are reviewed herein.
I urge instructors who may want to adopt this book to be proactive in providing commentary to their students as this situation develops.
I really enjoyed this chapter, it delivered exactly what I had hoped for from the author. Figure 6. Chapter 7 introduces the macro sources of toxicity, mentioned above.
Each source has with it and identified solution set. In the view of the author, these 4 are critical to workplace functioning and more importantly mitigate toxicity. Each is explored in detail with great examples. I especially appreciated the treatment of accountability and authority and the use of Jacques requisite authority notions The four are interrelated and together form an interesting systemic view of addressing toxicity.
Part III addresses the how to question. How do we intervene in order to create healthy out of toxicity, not an easy task. Wilde, like others, takes on Performance Management systems, in particular, in Chapter