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Together: The Science of Social Psychology

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Robert Biswas-Diener

Ed Diener, Universities of Utah

Copyright Year: 2016

Publisher: Noba

Language: English

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Reviewed by Kimberly Kahn, Associate Professor, Portland State University on 9/21/22

This module-based text book contains 27 modules from the larger bank of 103 psychology modules from NOBA. It organizes these 27 modules into 8 broad topics related to social psychology. In general, the modules cover many classic areas in social... read more

Reviewed by Deana Julka, Associate Professor, University of Portland on 8/17/22

This book covers the essential components of an intro social psychology course. The layout is unique, as are the chapters on statistical analyses, social neuroscience, and theories of mind presented individually, and not intertwined with other... read more

Reviewed by Sieun An, Assistant Professor, Eastern New Mexico University on 11/19/21

I have been using Aaronson’s social psychology for a long time, and am currently in the market for an open source one. This one seems to cover a wide range of topics, and seems to be well organized. To play devil’s advocate, here’s my 2 cents:... read more

Reviewed by Jessica Cundiff, Assistant Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology on 6/13/19

The modules cover a wide range of topics in social psychology, including classic topics (e.g., group dynamics, social influence, social cognition, stereotyping), as well as topics that are not usually covered in traditional textbooks (e.g., the... read more

Reviewed by Tomoaki Imamichi, Asst. Prof., LaGuardia Community College/City University of New York on 5/21/18

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 Shanhong Luo, Full Professor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington on 5/21/18

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 Kelly Chang, Associate Professor, George Fox University on 3/27/18

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 2/1/18

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 8/15/17

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 2/15/17

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 PsychologyRobert Biswas-Diener
  • 2 Research Methods in Social PsychologyRajiv Jhangiani
  • 3 Statistical ThinkingBeth Chance & Allan Rossman
  • 4 Conducting Psychology Research in the Real WorldMatthias R. Mehl
  • 5 Social NeuroscienceTiffany A. Ito & Jennifer T. Kubota

Understanding the Self and Others

  • 6 Self and IdentityDan P. McAdams
  • 7 Social Cognition and AttitudesYanine D. Hess & Cynthia L. Pickett
  • 8 Theory of MindBertram Malle
  • 9 Evolutionary Theories in PsychologyDavid M. Buss

Groups and Group Processes

  • 10 The Psychology of GroupsDonelson R. Forsyth
  • 11 The FamilyJoel A. Muraco
  • 12 CultureNeil Thin & Robert Biswas-Diener
  • 13 Social ComparisonStephen Garcia & Arnor Halldorsson


  • 14 Functions of EmotionsHyisung Hwang & David Matsumoto
  • 15 Culture and EmotionJeanne Tsai
  • Social Influence16 Conformity and ObedienceJerry M. Burger
  • 17 Persuasion: So Easily FooledRobert V. Levine
  • Conflict18 Prejudice, Discrimination, and StereotypingSusan T. Fiske
  • 19 Aggression and ViolenceBrad J. Bushman

Positive Relationships

  • 20 Helping and Prosocial BehaviorDennis L. Poepsel & David A. Schroeder
  • 21 CooperationJake P. Moskowitz & Paul K. Piff
  • 22 Attraction and BeautyRobert G. Franklin & Leslie Zebrowitz
  • 23 Positive RelationshipsNathaniel M. Lambert
  • 24 Love, Friendship, and Social SupportDebi Brannan & Cynthia D. Mohr
  • 25 Attachment Through the Life CourseR. Chris Fraley
  • 26 Relationships and Well-beingKenneth Tan & Louis Tay

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • 27 Industrial/Organizational (I/O) PsychologyBerrin Erdogan & Talya N. Bauer
  • Index

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  • 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. 

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