Social behavior: Facts and falsehoods about common sense, hypnotism, obedience, altruism, beauty, racism, and sexism

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 531. Reviews the book, Social behavior: Facts and falsehoods about common sense, hypnotism, obedience, altruism, beauty, racism, and sexism by Bem P. Allen (1978). This is a delightful book. The author's purpose was to demonstrate how commonly held beliefs on many socially important issues are contradicted by research in social psychology. The topics were chosen on the basis of apparent discrepancies between popular beliefs about the phenomenon and the evidence produced by scientific research in social psychology. Despite the fact that this book was not specifically designed to be used as a text in social psychology, it should serve as a useful and enjoyable introduction to social psychology for many students. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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