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Together: The Science of Social Psychology

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Robert Biswas-Diener

Ed Diener, Universities of Utah

Pub Date: 2016

Publisher: Noba

Language: English

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Reviewed by Shanhong Luo, Full Professor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington on 5/22/18

In terms of the topic coverage, the book is very comprehensive. It covers classic topics well studied in social psychology such as self, social cognition, stereotypes, attitudes, group dynamics, aggression, pro-social behaviors, close... read more


Reviewed by Tomoaki Imamichi, Asst. Prof., LaGuardia Community College/City University of New York on 5/22/18

The text covers the major areas within social psychology. Some concepts e.g. self-serving bias, stereotype threat, and classic studies seemed to be missing or could have had more coverage. While there is a Search feature and a Vocabulary section,... read more


Reviewed by Kelly Chang, Associate Professor, George Fox University on 3/28/18

Although this textbook includes 27 modules specifically chosen to represent social psychology, instructors are able to take modules out, edit them, and add more content from over 103 modules in the Noba Psychology collection. Thus, the textbook... read more


Reviewed by Jane Guiller, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University on 2/2/18

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... read more


Reviewed by Jessica Salvatore, Assistant Professor, Sweet Briar College on 8/16/17

This “ready-made textbook” is a compilation of relevant modules from the much larger family of NOBA modules. Together they cover standard topics (persuasion), some less-standard ones (the family), and one applied area (I/O psychology). ... read more


Reviewed by Helen Harton, Professor, University of Northern Iowa on 2/16/17

This "book" is a compilation of modules on topics (some broad, some fairly specific) written for the most part by researchers, often well-known ones, within those areas. The website says the publication date is 2016, but most of the chapters seem... read more


Table of Contents

About Noba & Acknowledgements
Social Psychology as a Science

1 An Introduction to the Science of Social Psychology
Robert Biswas-Diener

2 Research Methods in Social Psychology
Rajiv Jhangiani

3 Statistical Thinking
Beth Chance & Allan Rossman

4 Conducting Psychology Research in the Real World
Matthias R. Mehl

5 Social Neuroscience
Tiffany A. Ito & Jennifer T. Kubota

Understanding the Self and Others

6 Self and Identity
Dan P. McAdams

7 Social Cognition and Attitudes
Yanine D. Hess & Cynthia L. Pickett

8 Theory of Mind
Bertram Malle

9 Evolutionary Theories in Psychology
David M. Buss

Groups and Group Processes
10 The Psychology of Groups
Donelson R. Forsyth

11 The Family
Joel A. Muraco

12 Culture
Neil Thin & Robert Biswas-Diener

13 Social Comparison
Stephen Garcia & Arnor Halldorsson

14 Functions of Emotions
Hyisung Hwang & David Matsumoto

15 Culture and Emotion
Jeanne Tsai

Social Influence
16 Conformity and Obedience
Jerry M. Burger

17 Persuasion: So Easily Fooled
Robert V. Levine

18 Prejudice, Discrimination, and Stereotyping
Susan T. Fiske

19 Aggression and Violence
Brad J. Bushman

Positive Relationships
20 Helping and Prosocial Behavior
Dennis L. Poepsel & David A. Schroeder

21 Cooperation
Jake P. Moskowitz & Paul K. Piff

22 Attraction and Beauty
Robert G. Franklin & Leslie Zebrowitz

23 Positive Relationships
Nathaniel M. Lambert

24 Love, Friendship, and Social Support
Debi Brannan & Cynthia D. Mohr

25 Attachment Through the Life Course
R. Chris Fraley

26 Relationships and Well-being
Kenneth Tan & Louis Tay

Industrial/Organizational Psychology
27 Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
Berrin Erdogan & Talya N. Bauer


About the Book

This textbook presents core concepts common to introductory social psychology courses. The 8 units include 27 modules covering key social psych topics such as research methods, group processes, social influence, and relationships. This book can be modified: feel free to add or remove modules to better suit your specific needs. Each module in this book is accompanied by instructor's manual, PowerPoint presentation, test items, adaptive student quiz, and reading anticipation guide.Please note that the publisher requires you to login to access and download the textbooks.

About the Contributors


Robert Biswas-Diener has written a number of books including Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth and The Courage Quotient. He is senior editor for the free-textbook platform, Noba.

Ed Diener is a psychologist, professor, and author. Diener is a professor of psychology at the Universities of Utah and Virginia, and Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois as well as a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization.