A Fitting Tribute to “Mr. Social Psychology”

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1999, Vol 44(2), 170–171. This is a review of the book “Attribution and Social Interaction: The Legacy of Edward E. Jones” (see record 1998-07137-000). This is a collection of essays and commentaries on the research of Edward E. Jones in person perception and attribution theory. This book succeeds on a number of fronts. First and foremost, the editors (Darley and Cooper) ought to be commended for their masterful job integrating these chapters and for providing the reader with a very touching and informative introduction. Although most edited volumes lack a coherent structure, this one is clearly the exception. In addition, the volume not only succeeds in illustrating the extent of Jones's influence in the field of social psychology but also conveys Jones's ability to teach, mentor, and inspire generations of students and practitioners of social psychology. This book will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration and guide to future generations of social psychologists interested in how ordinary folks perceive the causes of their own and others' behavior and go about interacting in the social world that surrounds them. Attribution and Social Interaction should be of interest to a wide range of readers. It is so clearly written that it could serve as a supplemental text in any undergraduate or graduate course on person perception or attribution theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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