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Advanced Social Psychology

The State of the Science

Second Edition

Edited by Eli J. Finkel and Roy F. Baumeister

Publication Date - 12 April 2019

ISBN: 9780190635596

600 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Provides a graduate-level introduction to social psychology.


Social psychology uses clever, even ingenious, research methods to explore the most essential questions of the human psyche: Why do we help some people and harm others? Why do we pay so much more attention to high-powered people than they pay to us? If humans evolved from great apes, why are human selves so much more elaborate? How does our attachment to our parents when we are infants influence the success or failure of our romantic relationships when we are adults? Can behaving morally "license" us to behave immorally shortly afterward? How do social relationships make us more versus less prone toward physical illness?

This volume -- an update to the original, 2010 edition -- provides a graduate-level introduction to social psychology. The target audience consists of first-year graduate students (MA or PhD) in social psychology and related disciplines (marketing, organizational behavior, etc.), although it is also appropriate for upper-level undergraduate courses. The authors are world-renowned leaders on their topic, and they have written state-of-the-art overviews of the discipline's major research domains. The chapters are not only scientifically rigorous, but also accessible and engaging. They convey the joy, excitement, and promise of scientific investigations into human sociality.

New to this Edition

  • Addresses issues surrounding replicability in all domains and research areas of social psychology
  • Includes new chapters on morality, judgment and decision making, and computational social psychology


  • The only comprehensive overview of social psychology designed to be accessible for students
  • Offers a standard approach to graduate education in social psychology
  • Authors are world-renowned researchers writing about their areas of expertise
  • Highlights the creativity behind the field's research paradigms

About the Author(s)

Eli J. Finkel is Professor at Northwestern University, where he holds appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management. He earned his BA in 1997 from Northwestern and his PhD in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published more than 140 academic papers, is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and is the author of the bestselling book The All-Or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work (2017). He has received several career awards, including the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology, the Caryl E. Rusbult Young Investigator Award from the Relationship Researchers Interest Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement from the International Association for Relational Research. He has received dozens of teaching awards and recognitions, including recognition by College Magazine as one of the Top 10 Professors at Northwestern.

Roy F. Baumeister is Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Australia, as well as Professor Emeritus at Florida State. He received his PhD in social psychology from Princeton University in 1978, having worked with the great Edward E. Jones as his mentor. He has published hundreds of articles and a couple dozen books on a broad range of topics, including self and identity, interpersonal belongingness and rejection, sexuality, evil and violence, emotion, self-regulation, free will, decision making, consciousness, and the meaning of life. He has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the William James Fellow award, which is the highest honor given by the Association for Psychological Science. As of 2018, his publications have been cited in the scientific journals over 150,000 times. Writing for publication and mentoring graduate students are his favorite parts of the job.


"'Now what do I teach?' is a common refrain among social psychologists taken aback by recent failures to replicate some prominent and classic findings. Updating a social psychology textbook is an unenviable task at a time of substantial uncertainty about theories and findings that seemed almost ordinary in the last edition. Admirably, Editors Finkel and Baumeister aim to address reproducibility directly in this 2nd Edition of Advanced Social Psychology. The first three chapters discuss replicability challenges and reforms to improve rigor and credibility. They also set the stage that science does not have a canon of inarguable facts. Scientific understanding is always in revision, and every finding, claim, and theory is open to confrontation.

The other 18 substantive chapters approach replicability differently. Some highlight replicability success and challenges in their substantive domains; the chapters on Attraction, Morality, Health, and Computation stand out as effective examples. Others appear to address replicability implicitly by what is not said or cited. In those, the self-corrective process of science is working quietly by omission. Finally, a few chapters appear to have missed news of the 'reproducibility crisis.' These chapters treat each cited claim with the same enthusiastic certainty whether it is backed by a substantial body of evidence or a single paper with just significant effects. This diversity among contributed chapters reflects where we are today as a discipline--still wrestling, from many points of view, with the credibility of the rich theories and findings that comprise social psychology." --Brian Nosek, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

"This book is a must-have, and a must-read, for anyone who is interested in getting familiar with some specifics as well as the broader picture of social psychology. This collective effort by true leaders is an essential public good to the field." -- Paul van Lange, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

"The second-edition of Advanced Social Psychology, like its predecessor, offers a comprehensive, authoritative, and engaging account of the state of the science in social psychology. The editors and authors have thoughtfully updated the now-classic first edition of the text, including new chapters on research methods, morality, and computational psychology, broadening and updating coverage of the field. The new introduction addresses current concerns about replicability, providing useful context and a practically-oriented, forward-looking take on emerging efforts to ensure that social psychology has a healthy future." -- Rick Hoyle, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Duke University

"Finkel and Baumeister have assembled a superb cast of leading scholars who anchor the major content areas of social psychology. This excellent advanced textbook, which fills a critical gap in relation to its competitors, is required reading." -- Jeffry Simpson, Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota

"The brilliance of Advanced Social Psychology emerges as much from the subject matter as it does from the collaborative effort of the many experts, each with an eye for that perfect picture and a steady hand that renders each image with superb clarity." --Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Social Psychology: Crisis and Renaissance
    Eli J. Finkel and Roy F. Baumeister

    Chapter 2. A Brief History of Social Psychology
    Harry Reis

    Chapter 3. New Developments in Research Methods
    Alison Ledgerwood

    Chapter 4. Social Cognition
    Susan Fiske

    Chapter 5. Self
    Roy F. Baumeister

    Chapter 6. Attitude Structure and Change
    Richard Petty, Pablo Briñol, Lee Fabrigar, and Duane Wegener

    Chapter 7. Social Influence
    Robert Cialdini and Vladas Griskevicius

    Chapter 8. Aggression
    Brad Bushman

    Chapter 9. Attraction and Rejection
    Eli J. Finkel and Roy F. Baumeister

    Chapter 10. Close Relationships
    Shelly Gable

    Chapter 11. Intergroup Relations
    Marilynn Brewer

    Chapter 12. Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination
    Jack Dovidio and James Jones

    Chapter 13. Morality
    Linda Skitka and Paul Conway

    Chapter 14. Emotion
    Wendy Berry Mendes

    Chapter 15. Social Neuroscience
    Thalia Wheatley

    Chapter 16. Evolutionary Social Psychology
    Jon Maner

    Chapter 17. Cultural Psychology
    Steve Heine

    Chapter 18. Health, Stress, and Coping
    Ted Robles

    Chapter 19. Judgment and Decision-making
    Kathleen Vohs and Mary Frances Luce

    Chapter 20. Personality
    Charles Carver

    Chapter 21. Computational Psychology
    Michal Kosinski