Principles of Social Psychology – 1st International Edition

Dr. Charles Stangor

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Dr. Hammond Tarry

Helping students organize their thinking about social psychology at a conceptual level.


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Book Description

The first International edition of this textbook provides students with an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of social psychology from an interactionist perspective. The presentation of classic studies and theories are balanced with insights from cutting-edge, contemporary research. An emphasis on real world examples and applications is intended to guide students to critically analyze their situations and social interactions in order to put their knowledge to effective use.


Unless otherwise noted, Principles of Social Psychology is (c) 2011 Charles Stangor. The textbook content was produced by Charles Stangor and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, except for the following additions, which are (c)2014 Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani and (c)2014 Dr. Hammond Tarry and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

  • Inclusion of new research and theoretical developments.
  • Updated the chapter opening anecdotes and real world examples to make them more relevant for contemporary students.
  • Changed examples, references, and statistics to reflect a more international context.
  • Added overviews of some concepts, theories, and key studies not included in the original edition.
  • Added a list of learning objectives at the start of each chapter.
  • Added a glossary of key terms at the end of the textbook as a quick-reference for students.

In addition, the following changes were made but retain the original Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License:

  • Merging the separate chapters on “Social Learning” and “Social Affect” to create a single “Social Cognition” chapter.

Cover Image: The Party People, as reflected by The Gherkin’s roof by James Cridland used under CC-BY license.

About the Authors

Rajiv Jhangiani is a core faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, Canada, and an Open Learning Faculty Member at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada, where he teaches a variety of courses including social psychology, personality psychology, conservation psychology, and the psychology of genocide. He completed his PhD in Social and Personality Psychology from the University Read more »