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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (22 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857027565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857027566
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alex Haslam (b.1962) is Professor of Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

He completed his M.A. at the University of St Andrews and was a Jones Scholar at Emory University before completing a PhD as a Commonwealth Scholar at Macquarie University.

Alex is former Chief Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology and former President of the Psychology Section of the British Science Association. He previously held positions at the Australian National University (1991-2001) and the University of Exeter (2001-202).

In 2005 Alex received the Kurt Lewin Medal from the European Association of Social Psychology, and in 2010 he won the British Psychology Society's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

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A delightful read for anyone interested in social psychology
Professor Kathleen D. Vohs
University of Minnesota

I can think of no better way of discovering what social psychology is all about
Professor Tony Manstead
Cardiff University

Fascinating insights for anyone who is curious about the human condition - scholars and interested lay people alike
Mariette di Christina
Editor, Scientific American

They say that you should avoid revisiting a favourite holiday destination because it is almost inevitable that the magic that attended the first visit will not be re-captured.This book is a powerful demonstration that the same cannot be said of one's favourite articles in social psychology. One of the problems with classic studies is that they are described and re-described in textbooks to such an extent that what many people -- even those in the field -- believe about a study is a distorted version of what was done or what was found. A clear benefit of revisiting the classics, under the guidance of experts, is that one gains a clearer view of the methods and findings of the original studies.

But there is so much more to be discovered through reading this volume. Like the very best guidebooks, the authors set the classic studies in context, helping the reader to understand why each study was conducted and how it was received by its contemporary audience. Just as important, they discuss the legacy of each study, showing how it opened up lines of theorising and empirical research that have helped to create the vibrant and socially relevant discipline that we know today. The net result is a volume that will inform and entertain a broad readership. This book should be prescribed reading for any social psychologist, from the most to the least experienced. For those outside social psychology, I can think of no better way of discovering what the discipline is all about
Professor Antony Manstead
University of Cardiff

About the Author

S. Alexander Haslam is a professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Cody on 27 Mar 2013
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This critique of classic studies gives additional insight to early social psychology studies than is normally provided in the standard text book.
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