For the first time in the history of social psychology, we have a handbook on the history of social psychology. In it, leading luminaries in the field present their take on how research in their own domains has unfolded, on the scientists whose impact shaped the research agendas in the different areas of social psychology, and on events, institutions and publications that were pivotal in determining the field’s history.

Social psychology’s numerous subfields now boast a rich historical heritage of their own, which demands special attention. The Handbook recounts the intriguing and often surprising lessons that the tale of social psychology’s remarkable ascendance has to offer. The historical diversity is the hallmark of the present handbook reflecting each of this field’s domains unique evolution.

Collectively, the contributions put a conceptual mirror to our field and weave the intricate tapestry of people, dynamics and events whose workings combined to produce what the vibrant discipline of social psychology is today. They allow the contemporary student, scholar and instructor to explore the historical development of this important field, provide insight into its enduring aims and allow them to transcend the vicissitudes of the zeitgeist and fads of the moment.

The Handbook of the History of Social Psychology provides an essential resource for any social psychologist’s collection.

part |41 pages


chapter |15 pages

The making of social psychology

ByArie W. Kruglanski, Stroebe Wolfgang

chapter |23 pages

The importance of history to social psychology

ByJill Morawski

part |132 pages


chapter |19 pages

A History of social cognition

ByMichael S. North, Susan T. Fiske

chapter |22 pages

A history of evolutionary social psychology

ByDouglas T. Kenrick, Adam B. Cohen

chapter |14 pages

A history of social neuroscience

ByJohn T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson, Jean Decety

part |346 pages

Domains of Inquiry

chapter |22 pages

A history of affect and emotion research in social psychology

ByAntony S. R. Manstead

chapter |23 pages

A history of social judgment research

ByJ. Richard Eiser

chapter |22 pages

A history of prosocial behavior research

ByC. Daniel Batson

chapter |18 pages

A history of social psychological research on aggression

ByLeonard Berkowitz

chapter |38 pages

A history of attitudes and persuasion research

ByPablo Briñol, Richard E. Petty

chapter |19 pages

A history of social influence research

ByRadmila Prislin, William D. Crano

chapter |21 pages

A history of interdependence: Theory and research

ByPaul A. M. Van Lange

chapter |23 pages

A history of small group research

ByJohn M. Levine, Richard L. Moreland

chapter |23 pages

A history of intergroup relations research

ByJohn F. Dovidio, Anna-Kaisa Newheiser, Jacques-Philippe Leyens

chapter |22 pages

A history of justice and morality research

ByTom R. Tyler

chapter |23 pages

A history of social psychological research on gender

ByMonica Biernat, Kay Deaux

chapter |22 pages

A history of culture in psychology

ByYoshihisa Kashima, Michele J. Gelfand