Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems

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9781412915397: Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems

Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems is an excellent introductory textbook that helps students understand how people think about, feel about, relate to, and influence one another. The book is unique in that it provides a balanced emphasis on social psychological theory and research. Editors Frank W. Schneider, Jamie A. Gruman, and Larry M. Coutts examine the contributions of social and practical problems in several areas including everyday life, clinical psychology, sports, the media, health, education, organizations, community psychology, the environment, and human diversity.

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About the Author:

Larry Coutts (Ph.D., University of Windsor) is the Director of Research and Development for the human resource consulting company EPSI Inc. He is a former Assistant Professor in the Applied Social Psychology division at the University of Windsor. He has held positions with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as director of the Organizational Design and Job Evaluation Branch and as a senior research principal with both the Personnel Research Branch and the Canadian Police College. His research interests include industrial and organizational psychology, specifically personnel selection (assessment centers, simulation exercises, structured interviews, and testing) and organizational change and development. Much of his published research has focused around law enforcement settings (personnel selection in law enforcement, police hiring and promotion, senior police executive development, etc.).

Review:

"In my opinion, this book will be THE text in that field to use. I say this as a current teacher of such a course and one who is constantly looking for a good book to use. . . .I think this book is great. It is comprehensive and very well written."

(John Berman )

"I especially like the intention to produce an applied text that is highly accessible to an undergraduate audience and that stresses the application of social psychological theory as well as methods. . . . I like the way the editors maintain a consistent format across chapters-and the diversity of topics involved should benefit from having specialists in each area write the individual chapters. Another big plus for this particular volume is that the contributors are primarily from a single major program in applied social psychology. This gives the book an immediate aura of authenticity and unity."

(Herbert L. Leff )

"The text has a range of research from classic through current. This use of classic research appears consistently throughout the text. I am also pleased with diversity as one of the chapter topics."

(Barbara K. Sholley )

"...My view concerning the major accomplishment of this volume: It takes the distinction between 'basic' and 'applied' social psychology and shows that it is more illusory than real, that 'basic' social psychological theory can be applied to a host of significant social and practical problems with the potential to bring about real and important changes. As such, I think that Applied Social Psychology will make a substantial contribution as an undergraduate text - useful both as an introductory text in courses on applied social psychology and, where time will permit, as a secondary text to complement the main text in introductory or junior graduate-level survey courses on social psychology." (CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGY/ PSYCHOLOGIE CANADIENNE, 2005, 46:4, 251-261 )

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