Social Psychology and Human Nature, Comprehensive Edition
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Baumeister, Roy F., Bushman, Brad J.
Each of the very popular self-quizzes includes one relatively challenging item, thereby providing more variety so that students of all ability levels can find questions that are useful and appropriate for checking their progress. Graphs and images engage students and enhance learning and understanding, such as a multi-country scatterplot graph in the Aggression chapter illustrating decreased violence levels worldwide in the 20th century. "Money Matters" boxes illuminate social psychology concepts by applying them to familiar concerns from everyday life. These entertaining, pragmatically useful extensions of each chapter's basic research themes include such topics as: How did some football teams pay a price for racial prejudice? Would You Sell Your Soul For $1? and Money, Men, and Mating. The text focuses on the key findings that have shaped theoretical thought--including the best of both classic and current research--and helps students develop an integrative yet broad and informed understanding of the field. Baumeister and Bushman succeed at their goal of putting the person back in the situation. Rather than focusing on humans as blank slates who just respond to situations, and treating the subject as unrelated lists of findings and phenomena, the authors use running themes throughout the book to emphasize the role of human nature and tie the material together. Themes include "the duplex mind," "putting people first," "the long road to social acceptance," and "nature says go, culture says stop."