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Abraham Tesser and Norbert Schwarz

Subject Psychology

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631210344.2002.00002.x


Why in the world would two grown people who are fully employed put a huge chunk of time into helping to edit yet another Handbook of Social Psychology? There are at least three scientific disciplinary reasons for this project. First, the discipline of social psychology is currently very broad and the amount of work that is appearing is prodigious, particularly in the intrapersonal processes area. Comprehensive coverage is not possible in one- or two-volume compendiums. Rather than a few chapters, the current volume is devoted entirely to intrapersonal process research. Indeed, we believe that this volume includes coverage of areas that is not available in handbook form elsewhere. Second, there is a very different array of chapter authors. Both of us have been consumers of research in this area for a long time and we had some well-developed ideas about the researchers who might be in a good position to describe particular areas of work. Many of these scientists have not contributed to other handbooks. Thus, they provide a fresh slant even in areas treated in other handbooks. Moreover, there has been a lag in recognizing the changing demography of the field of social psychology. Modern social psychology became viable and began to grow, almost exponentially, since World War II. The discipline was near exclusively North American. However, the decade of the 1990s brought a dramatic ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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