Applications of Social Psychology: How Social Psychology Can Contribute to the Solution of Real-World Problems

1st Edition

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

Routledge
March 16, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 368 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367418335 - CAT# 326140
Series: Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology

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Summary

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 1 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 2 explores the applications of social psychology to improve individual health and well-being, including managing aggression, eating disorders, and improving therapeutic interactions. Part 3 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 analysing social relations in legal settings and online social networks. Finally, Part 4 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.

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