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Personalizing Politics and Realizing Democracy

by Gian Vittorio Caprara & Michele Vecchione

Few people today would challenge the legitimacy of democracy as the form of government most congenial to modern-day citizenship, as it requires its members to treat each other as equals and to cooperate in the...


Mixed Messages

by Stefanie Mollborn

Sex is bad. Unprotected sex is a problem. Having a baby would be a disaster. Abortion is a sin. Teenagers in the United States hear conflicting messages about sex from everyone around them. How do teens understand...


The Happiness Effect

by Donna Freitas & Christian Smith

Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or...


Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring

by Mansoor Moaddel & Michele J. Gelfand

Although many have tried, the spontaneity of the Arab Spring uprisings and the unpredictability of its diverse geographical outcomes have resisted explanation. For social scientists, part of the challenge has...


Life and Narrative

by Brian Schiff, A. Elizabeth McKim & Sylvie Patron

The challenge of life and literary narrative is the central and perennial mystery of how people encounter, manage, and inhabit a self and a world of their own - and others' - creations. With a nod to the eminent...


Using Think-Aloud Interviews and Cognitive Labs in Educational Research

by Jacqueline P. Leighton

The field of education is rife with calls to action and for research to improve higher-level thinking and learning outcomes in primary, secondary, and tertiary education. With the No Child Left Behind Act and...


Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change

by David Bedrick

Many forms of activism live within the margins of conventional strategies such as marching, speaking out, and fighting for one's political representatives. This book of essays highlights, celebrates, and broadens...


The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy

by Tristam Adams

The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy examines how the requirements, stimuli, affects and environments of work condition our empathy. In some cases, work calls for no empathy – characters...


Grounded Theory and Grounded Theorizing

The Student's Guide to Social Neuroscience

by Jamie Ward

Social neuroscience is a rapidly growing field which explains, using neural mechanisms, our ability to recognize, understand, and interact with others. Concepts such as trust, revenge, empathy, prejudice, and...


Social Influence: Direct and Indirect Processes

by Joseph P. Forgas & Kipling D. Williams

Social influence processes play a key role in human behavior. Arguably our extraordinary evolutionary success has much to do with our subtle and highly developed ability to interact with and influence each other....


Sensitive Objects: Affect and Material Culture

by Jonas Frykman & Maja Frykman

Some objects seem especially personal and important to us - be it a quickly packed suitcase, an inherited vase, or a photograph. In Sensitive Objects the authors discuss when, how, and why particular objects...


Conceptual Metaphor in Social Psychology: The Poetics of Everyday Life

by Mark J. Landau

We learn in grade school that metaphor is an ornamental figure of speech reserved for poets. But we now know that it is also a key strategy people use to make sense of the world, from basic concepts like time...


Justice in Life and Society

by Virginia Murphy-Berman

If somebody asked you whether life was fair, how would you respond? In this book, learn how to critically think about this question of justice in our lives. You will learn that people mean many different things...


Resolve: Negotiating Life's Conflicts with Greater Confidence

by Hal Movius

Nobody loves conflict. Whether we’re negotiating a salary increase or trying to settle on which in-laws to spend the holidays with, there’s a lot at stake in any dispute beyond the points being argued over....


Resolve: Negotiating Life's Conflicts with Greater Confidence

by Hal Movius

Nobody loves conflict. Whether we’re negotiating a salary increase or trying to settle on which in-laws to spend the holidays with, there’s a lot at stake in any dispute beyond the points being argued over....


Social Engagement & the Steps to Being Social: A Practical Guide for Teaching Social Skills to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Kathleen Taylor & Marci Laurel

Social Engagement & the Steps to Being Social is a unique, visual and easy to use model that was developed to guide assessment and intervention across severity levels and age groups for individuals with Autism...


Ambition: Leading with Gratitude

by Buechley Seth

Seth Buechley tackles the plaguing question of why ambitious people struggle to find satisfaction and reveals what they can do about it. His exceptional perspective, which began in a commune in the woods and...


The Pursuit of Pleasure: Overcoming a Civilizational Challenge

by Arsen Dallan & Karlen Dallakyan

This important book unveils how the pleasure principle has taken humanity hostage to the powers of branding and consumerism, steering our most basic desires. Radically re-evaluating the notion of pleasure and...


Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations

by Dan Ariely

Bestselling author Dan Ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation—showing that the subject is far more complex than we ever imagined.

Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we...