Bridging Social Psychology illuminates the unique contribution the field of social psychology can bring to understanding major scientific and societal problems. The book focuses on illustrating the benefits and costs of bridging social psychology with other fields of psychology, including cognitive, developmental, and personality psychology, as well as other disciplines such as biology, neuroscience and economics. The editor’s hope is that the examination of these bridges will result in new theoretical, methodological, and societal benefits.

The 65 essays, written by eminent leaders in the field, demonstrate the relationship of social psychology with: (1) biology, neuroscience and cognitive science; (2) personality, emotion, and development; (3) relationship science, interaction, and health; and (4) organizational science, culture, and economics. The book also examines the key assumptions of social psychology, where the field is headed, and its unique contribution to basic theoretical and broad societal questions (e.g. promoting health in society). Section introductions tie the book together. The book concludes with an enlightening Epilogue by Walter Mischel.

This book will appeal to scholars, researchers, and advanced students in social psychology wishing to demonstrate the cross-disciplinary aspect of their research. It will also be of interest to those in neighboring fields of psychology, especially personality, organizational, health, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as well as those in neuroscience, biology, sociology, communication, economics, political science, and anthropology. The user-friendly tone makes the book accessible to those with only a basic knowledge of social psychology. The book also serves as a text for advanced courses in social psychology and/or applied psychology. A helpful table, found on the book’s Web site, indicates the cross-disciplinary applications addressed in each essay, to make it easier to assign the book in courses.

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PART 1 Bridging Social Psychology

chapter 1|18 pages

Bridging Social Psychology

ByPaul A. M. Van Lange

chapter 2|12 pages

Theories as Bridges

ByArie W. Kruglanski

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PART 2 Social Psychology: General Views of Bridging

chapter 3|6 pages

The Difficulty of Getting From Here to There and Back

ByEllen Berscheid

chapter 7|6 pages

Folly Bridges

ByC. Daniel Batson

chapter 8|6 pages

On Theories and Societal Practice: Getting Rid of a Myth

ByKlaus Fiedler

chapter 9|6 pages

Interdisciplinary Research and Creativity

ByWolfgang Stroebe

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PART 3 Bridges With Biology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science

chapter 14|8 pages

The Social Neuroscience of Empathy

ByJean Decety, Sara D. Hodges

chapter 15|6 pages

Bridging Social Psychology and Physiology

ByJim Blascovich

chapter 18|6 pages

Basic Lessons From Observing Nature

ByJosé-Miguel Fernández-Dols

chapter 20|6 pages

Mind in the Organized Social Environment

ByJohn C. Turner

chapter 21|6 pages

Socially Situated Cognition as a Bridge

ByEliot R. Smith, Gün R. Semin

chapter 24|6 pages

Bridging Social and Cognitive Psychology?

ByBernhard Hommel

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PART 4 Bridges With Personality, Emotion, and Development

chapter 33|8 pages

Bridging Developmental and Social Psychology

ByNancy Eisenberg, Adrienne Sadovsky

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PART 5 Bridges With Relationship Science, Interaction, and Health

chapter 37|8 pages

The Relationship Context of Social Psychology

ByHarry T. Reis

chapter 46|6 pages

Bridges From Social Psychology to Health

ByShelley E. Taylor

chapter 48|8 pages

Social Psychology and Health Promotion

ByGerjo Kok and Nanne K. de Vries

chapter 49|6 pages

Bridging to Evidence-Based Public Health Policy

ByGeoffrey T. Fong, David Hammond, Mark P. Zanna

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PART 6 Bridges With Organizational Science, Culture, and Economics

chapter 55|6 pages

Social Context Inside and Outside the Social Psychology Lab

ByAgneta H. Fischer

chapter 59|6 pages

Political Psychology

ByDavid O. Sears

chapter 62|6 pages

Social Science in the Making: An Economist’s View

ByFrans van Winden

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PART 7 Epilogue

chapter 65|10 pages

Bridges Toward a Cumulative Psychological Science

ByWalter Mischel