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Social psychology [electronic resource].

By: Faris, Robert E. Lee, 1907-.
Publisher: New York : Ronald Press Co., [1952]Description: 420 p. ; 24 cm.Subject(s): Social psychology | Psychology, SocialAdditional physical formats: OriginalDDC classification: 301.15 Online resources: Fulltext available via EBSCOhost - Shibboleth login required Also issued in print.Summary: "This book has been written for use as a text in college courses in social psychology. Basically, the field is conceived to be the study of those aspects of human personal behavior which are developed and controlled by the interaction which takes place between the individual and his small intimate circle of associations known as the primary group. Recent years have witnessed a significant expansion of the content of social psychology. Because of the diverse views of experimenters and the contribution of different fields of study, the increase in knowledge has sometimes proved to be an embarrassment of riches. A major purpose of this book is to show the essential unity of the knowledge that has been acquired and to emphasize the areas of fundamental agreement in the field rather than one particular school of thought. Moreover, materials from the subject fields of either sociology or psychology which do not bear directly on this conception of the subject have been excluded in the interest of a clear and integral organization. Although designed primarily as an introduction to social psychology, this discussion also includes a review of the latest scholarship in the field and an analysis of the methods by which new knowledge has been acquired. The constant emphasis on the experimental background should lead the student to an understanding of the present research frontiers of social psychology. It has been intended, finally, that the discussion of human behavior presented here will provide a direct and meaningful application by the reader to situations encountered in everyday living. It is recommended as a valuable exercise, in fact, that the student analyze his own life history or the experiences of the subject of a good fictional or biographical work in the light of the principles brought out in this volume"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
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"This book has been written for use as a text in college courses in social psychology. Basically, the field is conceived to be the study of those aspects of human personal behavior which are developed and controlled by the interaction which takes place between the individual and his small intimate circle of associations known as the primary group. Recent years have witnessed a significant expansion of the content of social psychology. Because of the diverse views of experimenters and the contribution of different fields of study, the increase in knowledge has sometimes proved to be an embarrassment of riches. A major purpose of this book is to show the essential unity of the knowledge that has been acquired and to emphasize the areas of fundamental agreement in the field rather than one particular school of thought. Moreover, materials from the subject fields of either sociology or psychology which do not bear directly on this conception of the subject have been excluded in the interest of a clear and integral organization. Although designed primarily as an introduction to social psychology, this discussion also includes a review of the latest scholarship in the field and an analysis of the methods by which new knowledge has been acquired. The constant emphasis on the experimental background should lead the student to an understanding of the present research frontiers of social psychology. It has been intended, finally, that the discussion of human behavior presented here will provide a direct and meaningful application by the reader to situations encountered in everyday living. It is recommended as a valuable exercise, in fact, that the student analyze his own life history or the experiences of the subject of a good fictional or biographical work in the light of the principles brought out in this volume"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2011. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement. s2011 dcunns

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