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Principles of Social Psychology

Charles Stangor
July 2017
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Social Psychology and Fundamentals of Social Psychology.

Principles of Social Psychology is a comprehensive text covering all of the traditional topics. Rather than relying on “modules” or “appendices” of applied materials, Stangor integrates applied concepts to the text itself. Stangor weaves applications from other disciplines throughout the text, such as Business and Consumer Behavior, Politics and Government, Health and Behavior, and Law.

New in This Version:
  • Updated discussion of our human evolutionary past.
  • Expanded discussions of evolutionary psychology, explicit racism, intergroup violence, and contemporary theories of morality.
  • Updated figures and added in-text guidelines for interpreting figures that depict statistical interactions.
  • New chapter openers, including the benefits of mindfulness, the Trump presidential campaign, the 2017 Quebec City mosque attack, racism and the Black Lives Movement, and global warming as a social dilemma.
  • Added a number of citations related to the effects of social media use on personality and behavior.

  • Research Foci in each chapter provide detailed information about a study or a research program.
  • Social Psychology in the Public Interest Features reinforce links between social psychological principles and everyday experience.
  • Chapter reviews and quiz questions.
  • Key terms.
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Charles Stangor University Of Maryland

Charles Stangor is Professor of Psychology in the social psychology area at the University of Maryland, and has also taught at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He received his B.A. from Beloit College in 1973, and his Ph.D. from New York University in 1986. Dr. Stangor is the recipient of research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and from the National Science Foundation. He has published seven books and over fifty research articles and book chapters, and has served as an associate editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology. Dr. Stangor's research interests concern the development of stereotypes and prejudice, and their influences on individuals who are potential victims of discrimination. He is a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society and currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Dr. Stangor regularly teaches Social Psychology (Psyc 221), Research Methods (Psyc 420) and, at the graduate level, Group Processes (Psyc 742). Dr. Stangor has also won a distinguished teaching award from the University of Maryland.
  • Changed "the 2008 elections" to "the 2016 elections" in 5.1. (11/9/18)
  • Changed "do matter and the social situation is" to "do matter, the social situation is." (11/9/18)
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