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?" Grounded in the latest contemporary research, the book also explains the methods in which social psychologists investigate human behavior in a social context and the theoretical perspectives that ground the discipline. With hundreds of real-world examples, figures, tables, and photographs, the text explores such topics as self, attitudes, social influence, emotions, interpersonal attraction and relationships, collective behavior, and personality. Each chapter is designed to be 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.
John D. DeLamater is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been teaching social psychology courses since 1970 and has won several teaching awards including a Department of Sociology Citation for Excellence in Teaching and the University of Wisconsin Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching. His current research and writing are focused on the effects of life-course transitions on sexuality. 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. She was awarded the University of Arizona Foundation Award for Meritorious Performance in Teaching. Her research focuses on identity, emotion, and small group processes, and her recent research appears in "Social Forces, Social Science Research, and Symbolic Interaction." Daniel J. Myers is Vice-President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He was awarded the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching from Notre Dame. His research interests lie in the area of collective behavior and social movements.