Applications of social psychology : how social psychology can contribute to the solution of real-world problems


      • Forgas, Joseph P.
      • Crano, William D.
      • Fiedler, Klaus

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    Applications of social psychology : how social psychology can contribute to the solution of real-world problems

    edited by Joseph P. Forgas, William D. Crano, and Klaus Fiedler

    (The Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology series, 21)

    Routledge, 2020

    • : pbk

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    Includes bibliographical references and index

    Description and Table of Contents


    This book explores what social psychology can contribute to our understanding of real-life problems and how it can inform rational interventions in any area of social life. By reviewing some of the most recent achievements in applying social psychology to pressing contemporary problems, Forgas, Crano, and Fiedler convey a fundamentally optimistic message about social psychology's achievements and prospects. The book is organized into four sections. Part I focuses on the basic issues and methods of applying social psychology to real-life problems, discussing evolutionary influences on human sociability, the role of psychological 'mindsets' in interpreting reality, and the use of attitude change techniques to promote adaptive behaviors. Part II explores the applications of social psychology to improve individual health and well-being, including managing aggression, eating disorders, and improving therapeutic interactions. Part III turns to the application of social psychology to improve interpersonal relations and communication, including attachment processes in social relationships, the role of parent-child interaction in preventing adolescent suicide, and analyzing social relations in legal settings and online social networks. Finally, Part IV addresses the question of how social psychology may improve our understanding of public affairs and political behavior. The book will be of interest to students and academics in social psychology, and professionals working in applied settings.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Applications of Social Psychology: History, Issues and Prospects Part I. Basic Issues and Methods Chapter 2. Grounding Applied Social Psychology in Translational Research Chapter 3. The Evolutionary Mismatch Hypothesis: Implications for Applied Social Psychology Chapter 4. "Bad" Things Reconsidered Chapter 5. A Process Approach to Influencing Attitudes and Changing Behavior: Revisiting Classic Findings in Persuasion and Popular Interventions Part II. Promoting Individual Health and Well-Being Chapter 6. Call of Duty - The Tobacco Wars: Opposing Effects of Tobacco Glorifying and Prevention Messages in Entertainment Video Games Chapter 7. The Development of Aggressive Behavior in Childhood and Adolescence: A Social Interactionist Perspective Chapter 8. Grounding Desire: The Role of Consumption and Reward Simulations in Eating and Drinking Behavior Chapter 9. In Sync with Your Shrink: Grounding Psychotherapy in Interpersonal Synchrony Part III. Improving Interpersonal Relations and Communication Chapter 10. Applications of Attachment Theory and Research: The Blossoming of Relationship Science Chapter 11. Social Psychological Contributions to the Mitigation of Adolescent Depression Chapter 12. When Justice is not Blind: The Effects of Expectancies on Social Interactions and Judgments in Legal Settings Chapter 13. How Do Online Social Networks Influence People's Emotional Lives? Part IV. Public Affairs and Political Behavior Chapter 14. Understanding Populism: Collective Narcissism and the Collapse of Democracy in Hungary Chapter 15. Collective Nostalgia and the Desire to Make One's Group Great Again Chapter 16. Do IAT Scores Explain Racial Inequality? Chapter 17. Cracking the Culture Code: A Tri-Level Model for Cultivating Inclusion in Organizations

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