social psychology


Summary: The branch of psychology concerned with the effects of group membership upon the behavior, attitudes, and beliefs of an individual.

Top Publications

  1. Manning R, Levine M, Collins A. The Kitty Genovese murder and the social psychology of helping: the parable of the 38 witnesses. Am Psychol. 2007;62:555-62 pubmed
    ..Finally, they suggest that the story itself has become a modern parable, the telling of which has served to limit the scope of inquiry into emergency helping. ..
  2. Corrigan P, Penn D. Lessons from social psychology on discrediting psychiatric stigma. Am Psychol. 1999;54:765-76 pubmed
    ..Future directions for research and practice to reduce stigma toward persons with severe mental illness are discussed. ..
  3. Haslam S, McGarty C. A 100 years of certitude? Social psychology, the experimental method and the management of scientific uncertainty. Br J Soc Psychol. 2001;40:1-21 pubmed
    ..This has contributed to the normalization of social psychology as a science but also made the discipline more conservative and circumscribed...
  4. Krueger J, Funder D. Towards a balanced social psychology: causes, consequences, and cures for the problem-seeking approach to social behavior and cognition. Behav Brain Sci. 2004;27:313-27; discussion 328-76 pubmed
    Mainstream social psychology focuses on how people characteristically violate norms of action through social misbehaviors such as conformity with false majority judgments, destructive obedience, and failures to help those in need...
  5. Boggs L, Carr S, Fletcher R, Clarke D. Pseudoparticipation in communication networks: the social psychology of broken promises. J Soc Psychol. 2005;145:621-4 pubmed
  6. Mitchell J. Social psychology as a natural kind. Trends Cogn Sci. 2009;13:246-51 pubmed publisher
    Although typically defined as the study of how people and groups interact, the field of social psychology comprises several disparate domains that make only indirect contributions to understanding interpersonal interaction, such as ..
  7. Benjamin L, Simpson J. The power of the situation: The impact of Milgram's obedience studies on personality and social psychology. Am Psychol. 2009;64:12-9 pubmed publisher
    ..the legacy of these studies, especially as they effected dramatic changes in the fields of personality and social psychology. The article concludes with a discussion of what psychological science has lost in the aftermath of Milgram--..
  8. Reis H. Reinvigorating the concept of situation in social psychology. Pers Soc Psychol Rev. 2008;12:311-29 pubmed publisher
    The concept of situation has a long and venerable history in social psychology. The author argues that recent approaches to the concept of situation have confused certain important elements...
  9. Smith E, Conrey F. Agent-based modeling: a new approach for theory building in social psychology. Pers Soc Psychol Rev. 2007;11:87-104 pubmed publisher
    ..Yet the theory-building and modeling techniques most commonly used in social psychology are less than ideal for understanding such dynamic and interactive processes...

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  1. Salgado J, Paez D. [Scientific productivity and Hirsch's h index of Spanish social psychology: convergence between productivity indexes and comparison with other areas]. Psicothema. 2007;19:179-89 pubmed
    ..D., and years as a full professor). It shows the distribution of the index among Spanish Social Psychology professors, and a comparison is made among the ten professors with highest h index of the six knowledge ..
  2. Tashiro T, Mortensen L. Translational research: how social psychology can improve psychotherapy. Am Psychol. 2006;61:959-66 pubmed
    ..Translational concepts and methods are illustrated with areas of social psychology that are promising for translation into solutions for pressing questions in psychotherapy research.
  3. Hommel B. On the social psychology of modelling. Neural Netw. 2006;19:1455-7 pubmed
  4. Post J. "When hatred is bred in the bone:" the social psychology of terrorism. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010;1208:15-23 pubmed publisher
    ..Rather it is group, organizational, and social psychology, with particular emphasis on collective identity that motivates terrorist behavior...
  5. Eagly A. The his and hers of prosocial behavior: an examination of the social psychology of gender. Am Psychol. 2009;64:644-58 pubmed publisher
    ..The effects of gender roles on behavior are mediated by hormonal processes, social expectations, and individual dispositions. ..
  6. Mesoudi A. How cultural evolutionary theory can inform social psychology and vice versa. Psychol Rev. 2009;116:929-52 pubmed publisher
    ..It is argued here that an integration of the theories and findings of mainstream social psychology and of cultural evolutionary theory can be mutually beneficial...
  7. Brosnan S, Newton Fisher N, Van Vugt M. A melding of the minds: when primatology meets personality and social psychology. Pers Soc Psychol Rev. 2009;13:129-47 pubmed publisher
    ..The time has come to integrate perspectives on primate social psychology. Here, the authors provide a historical background and document the main similarities and differences in ..
  8. Smith E. What do connectionism and social psychology offer each other?. J Pers Soc Psychol. 1996;70:893-912 pubmed
  9. Major B, O Brien L. The social psychology of stigma. Annu Rev Psychol. 2005;56:393-421 pubmed
    ..Identity threat perspectives help to explain the tremendous variability across people, groups, and situations in responses to stigma. ..
  10. Fiske S, Harris L, Cuddy A. Social psychology. Why ordinary people torture enemy prisoners. Science. 2004;306:1482-3 pubmed
  11. Willingham D, Dunn E. What neuroimaging and brain localization can do, cannot do and should not do for social psychology. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2003;85:662-71 pubmed
    Interest in bridging social psychology and neuroscience has seen a significant upsurge. Much of this interest has centered on brain localization--the attempt to relate psychological events to locations of brain events...
  12. Wolff T. The future of community coalition building. Am J Community Psychol. 2001;29:263-8 pubmed
    ..Examples of these dimensions follow, as contributed by activists from a wide range of fields. ..
  13. Antaki C, Finlay W, Walton C. The staff are your friends: intellectually disabled identities in official discourse and interactional practice. Br J Soc Psychol. 2007;46:1-18 pubmed
    ..We unpack the play of category membership in this episode to illustrate how conflicting agendas can lead to the construction, even in ostensibly empowering encounters, of identities actively disavowed at the level of official discourse. ..
  14. Vallejo Ruiloba J. [The swing of psychiatry]. Rev Neurol. 2007;45:706 pubmed
  15. Wallace C, Weisberg E, McCaffery K. Bug breakfast in the bulletin: human papilloma virus. N S W Public Health Bull. 2007;18:97-8 pubmed
    ..The Bug Breakfast topic for October was Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The presenters covered the epidemiology of HPV, the newly introduced HPV vaccine and social and psychological issues relating to HPV vaccination. ..
  16. Parra G, Martin C, Clark D. The drinking situations of adolescents treated for alcohol use disorders: a psychometric and alcohol-related outcomes investigation. Addict Behav. 2005;30:1725-36 pubmed
    ..These results indicate that the IDS is a reliable and valid measure for use with adolescents receiving treatment for alcohol-related problems. ..
  17. Hodgetts D, Radley A, Chamberlain K, Hodgetts A. Health inequalities and homelessness: considering material, spatial and relational dimensions. J Health Psychol. 2007;12:709-25 pubmed
    ..We highlight the relevance of embodied deprivation for a health psychology that is responsive to the ways in which social inequalities can get under the skin of homeless people and manifest as health disparities. ..
  18. Werner P, Heinik J. Stigma by association and Alzheimer's disease. Aging Ment Health. 2008;12:92-9 pubmed publisher
    ..It was found that stigma by association related to AD is especially high in dimensions affecting the delivery of services and the lives of the person with AD. ..
  19. Diemer M, Kauffman A, Koenig N, Trahan E, Hsieh C. Challenging racism, sexism, and social injustice: support for urban adolescents' critical consciousness development. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2006;12:444-60 pubmed
    ..These results suggest that the informal interactions of urban adolescents play a role in shaping their critical consciousness, and hold implications for psychosocial interventions and research with marginalized populations. ..
  20. Dijker A, Koomen W. A psychological model of social control and stigmatization: evolutionary background and practical implications. Psychol Health Med. 2006;11:296-306 pubmed
    ..of three main theoretical approaches to social control and stigmatization are discussed, originating from social psychology, sociology and anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, respectively...
  21. Li X. Integration of psychological researches under the scheme of subjectivity. Integr Psychol Behav Sci. 2009;43:301-10 pubmed publisher
    ..This means that we should see psychological phenomena as historic and the research methods of cultural ecology as absolutely necessary. ..
  22. Halliday Boykins C, Schoenwald S, Letourneau E. Caregiver-therapist ethnic similarity predicts youth outcomes from an empirically based treatment. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005;73:808-18 pubmed
    ..This study shows the importance of examining the effects of both client and therapist ethnicity on outcomes from empirically based treatments. ..
  23. Yu F, Han C, Chan T. Experimental comparisons of face-to-face and anonymous real-time team competition in a networked gaming learning environment. Cyberpsychol Behav. 2008;11:511-4 pubmed publisher
  24. Kaiser F, Byrka K, Hartig T. Reviving Campbell's paradigm for attitude research. Pers Soc Psychol Rev. 2010;14:351-67 pubmed publisher
    ..The authors draw implications of their proposal for mainstream attitude theory, empirical research, and applications concerning attitudes. ..
  25. Nakao H, Itakura S. An integrated view of empathy: psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. Integr Psychol Behav Sci. 2009;43:42-52 pubmed publisher
    ..This will also offer new insights into the evolution of empathy. ..
  26. Yurevich A. Has 60 years of research in psychology really gone astray?. Integr Psychol Behav Sci. 2007;41:21-7; discussion 75-82 pubmed
  27. Jacobs G. Influence and canonical supremacy: an analysis of how George Herbert Mead demoted Charles Horton Cooley in the sociological canon. J Hist Behav Sci. 2009;45:117-44 pubmed publisher they relate to George Herbert Mead's puzzling diatribe-echoed in secondary accounts-against Cooley's social psychology and view of the self published scarcely a year after his death...
  28. Zittoun T, Baucal A, Cornish F, Gillespie A. Collaborative research, knowledge and emergence. Integr Psychol Behav Sci. 2007;41:208-17 pubmed
    ..On the basis of examples taken from this special issue, we highlight four modes of producing collaborative knowledge and discuss the possible uses of such knowledge. ..
  29. Toomela A. Sometimes one is more than two: when collaboration inhibits knowledge construction. Integr Psychol Behav Sci. 2007;41:198-207 pubmed
  30. Liu J, Messner S, Zhang L, Zhuo Y. Socio-demographic correlates of fear of crime and the social context of contemporary urban China. Am J Community Psychol. 2009;44:93-108 pubmed publisher
    ..We discuss the social and community processes that produce these interesting patterns. ..
  31. Spencer S, Zanna M, Fong G. Establishing a causal chain: why experiments are often more effective than mediational analyses in examining psychological processes. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2005;89:845-51 pubmed
  32. Huang S, Zhang Z. [Effects of psychosocial factors on work-related musculoskeletal disorders]. Zhonghua Lao Dong Wei Sheng Zhi Ye Bing Za Zhi. 2006;24:248-50 pubmed
  33. Aries E, Seider M. The role of social class in the formation of identity: a study of public and elite private college students. J Soc Psychol. 2007;147:137-57 pubmed
    ..Lower income students developed an ideology that rationalized their social class position. ..
  34. Duff Cloutier J, Duncan C, Hill Bailey P. Locating Carper's aesthetic pattern of knowing within contemporary nursing evidence, praxis and theory. Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh. 2007;4:Article5 pubmed
    ..The implications of the critique of the project and the ongoing debate in relation to Carper's (1978) work, evidenced based practice and nursing praxis are discussed. ..
  35. MacLean L, Diem E, Bouchard C, Robertson Palmer K, Edwards N, O Hagan M. Complexity and team dynamics in multiple intervention programmes: challenges and insights for public health psychology. J Health Psychol. 2007;12:341-51 pubmed
    ..Insights from this project should inform similar programmes with multi-level, participatory, community-based approaches. ..
  36. Sutton R, Treloar C. Chronic illness experiences, clinical markers and living with hepatitis C. J Health Psychol. 2007;12:330-40 pubmed
  37. Marsh S, Clinkinbeard S, Thomas R, Evans W. Risk and protective factors predictive of sense of coherence during adolescence. J Health Psychol. 2007;12:281-4 pubmed
    ..Community views regarding gang membership was a predictor of SOC only for males, while age was a predictor of SOC only for females. The findings suggest a resiliency and ecological framework may be helpful in understanding SOC in youth. ..
  38. Britton P, Fuendeling J. The relations among varieties of adult attachment and the components of empathy. J Soc Psychol. 2005;145:519-30 pubmed
  39. Donnelly P. An evaluation of the effects of neighborhood mobilization on community problems. J Prev Interv Community. 2006;32:61-80 pubmed
    ..Even though neighborhood cohesion did not increase, it appears that the actions instigated and promoted by neighborhood association members enhanced the quality of life for neighborhood residents. ..
  40. Weinberg T. Sadomasochism and the social sciences: a review of the sociological and social psychological literature. J Homosex. 2006;50:17-40 pubmed
    Recent literature about sadomasochism in Sociology and Social Psychology is reviewed. Studies include survey research and questionnaire studies, content analyses, ethnographic research, and critical essays...
  41. Solanas A, Salafranca L, Riba C, Sierra V, Leiva D. Quantifying social asymmetric structures. Behav Res Methods. 2006;38:390-9 pubmed
    ..It is also possible to derive symmetric measurements among agents and to use multivariate statistical techniques. ..
  42. Graham K. Something about alcohol? Commentary on Haggård-Grann et al. (2006). Addiction. 2006;101:6-7 pubmed
  43. Paletz S, Bearman C, Orasanu J, Holbrook J. Socializing the human factors analysis and classification system: incorporating social psychological phenomena into a human factors error classification system. Hum Factors. 2009;51:435-45 pubmed
    ..We recommend specific ways of incorporating these pressures into theHuman Factors Analysis and Classification System. ..
  44. Wilson S, Wrench J, McIntosh A, Bladin P, Berkovic S. Profiles of psychosocial outcome after epilepsy surgery: the role of personality. Epilepsia. 2010;51:1133-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The development of personality traits and self-identity in the context of habitual seizures can impact psychosocial outcome and the extent of self-change reported after surgery, and paradoxically, can concur more beneficial effects. ..
  45. Harrell S, Bond M. Listening to diversity stories: principles for practice in community research and action. Am J Community Psychol. 2006;37:365-76 pubmed
    ..It is suggested that applying the principles to community work in diverse settings will facilitate the process of bridging differences and enhance the relevance and effectiveness of our work. ..
  46. Shell D, Newman I, Qu M. Alcohol expectancies among high school students in Inner Mongolia, China. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2009;21:433-41 pubmed publisher
    ..Expectancies are associated with Chinese adolescents' drinking. Identifying the characteristics of alcohol consuming youth can inform the development of prevention interventions and alcohol policies. ..
  47. Epstein J, Zhou X, Bang H, Botvin G. Do competence skills moderate the impact of social influences to drink and perceived social benefits of drinking on alcohol use among inner-city adolescents?. Prev Sci. 2007;8:65-73 pubmed
    ..Competence skills served as protective factors, as well as moderators. One possible reason that competence enhancement approaches to alcohol prevention are effective may be due to the inclusion of the competence skills component. ..
  48. Markova I, Plichtová J. East-West European project: transforming and shaping research through collaboration. Integr Psychol Behav Sci. 2007;41:124-38 pubmed
  49. Smith M. The case of Brew. J Pers. 2005;73:1111-40 pubmed
    ..The author, a personality and social psychologist, attempts a candid life history for his colleagues in psychology. ..
  50. Maroon J. Re: Snapshot of the world (Ausman JI. Surg Neurol 2007;69:587-593). Surg Neurol. 2008;69:216-7 pubmed publisher
  51. Frohlich K. Psycho-social correlates of health and health behaviours: what does the term psycho-social mean for public health?. Int J Public Health. 2007;52:2-3 pubmed
  52. Hemmingsson T, Lundberg I. Is the association between low job control and coronary heart disease confounded by risk factors measured in childhood and adolescence among Swedish males 40-53 years of age?. Int J Epidemiol. 2006;35:616-22 pubmed
    ..The results suggest that low job control, measured as in this study, is not a risk factor for CHD among men in this age group. ..
  53. Howarth C. 'I hope we won't have to understand racism one day': researching or reproducing 'race' in social psychological research?. Br J Soc Psychol. 2009;48:407-26 pubmed publisher
    ..This has important lessons for social psychology: namely, we cannot continue to take racial categorization as a naturalistic or self-evident aspect of the ..