Social psychology: A contemporary approach

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 345. Reviews the book, Social psychology: A contemporary approach by Louis A. Penner, Stephen L. Cohen, and Beth C. Stearns (1978). The authors intended this text to provide an introduction to social psychology for students with a limited background in psychology. They tell the reader that their distrust of the “traditional experimental, laboratory form of social psychology,” along with their belief that personality as well as situational variables are vital to an understanding of social phenomena, underlie their presentation of the field. “Conclusion/Review” sections provide frequent rest stops for the student who would rather be watching “Monty Python's Flying Circus,” and there is an instructor's manual with exam questions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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