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Most Underappreciated: 50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work

Robert Arkin


Fifty of today's most prominent social psychologists describe their scholarship, focusing on the human and personal side of the “life of the mind.” Each author spotlights his or her least appreciated work, and discusses theory, methods, findings, or application. The authors also use this opportunity to provide the context behind their work. Some authors describe their mentors, the influential figures who led them to certain areas of research. Others offer advice to young researchers who are just entering the field and who can learn from their predecessors' mistakes and miscalculations. These c ... More

Keywords: social psychologists, scholarship, mentors, research, social psychology, professorship, liberal arts college, meta-analysis

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Arkin, editor
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Professor of Psychology

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Part I Big Science, Big Theory, Big Ideas

Most Cited, Least Read?

Walter Mischel, Columbia University

Appreciated, but Misunderstood

Marilynn B. Brewer, University of New South Wales

Undeserved Recognition

Mahzarin R. Banaji, Harvard University

Is There a Divorce in Your Genes?

Ellen Berscheid, University of Minnesota

A Life-Changing Paper? That Depends on Your Interpretation

Todd F. Heatherton, Dartmouth College

Saga of My Stealth Bomber Chapter

Philip G. Zimbardo, Stanford University

From Egosystem to Ecosystem

Jennifer Crocker, The Ohio State University

Publish and Perish

Bernard Weiner, University of California, Los Angeles

A Catastrophe in my Research Portfolio

Abraham Tesser, University of Georgia, Emeritus

I Want to be a Social Psychologist

Dan P. McAdams, Northwestern University

But What About that Gigantic Elephant in the Room?

Albert Bandura, Stanford University

Part II Middle-Range Theories

Adventures in Rejectionland

John Darley, Princeton University

Thrilling Thoughts

Gerald L. Clore, University of Virginia

A Fundamental Conceptual Distinction … Gone Unnoticed

Russell H. Fazio,, Ohio State University

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Timothy D. Wilson, University of Virginia

Timing is Everything … At Least for Citation Impact

Miles Hewstone, University of Oxford, UK

Motivational When Motivational Wasn’t Cool

Rex A. Wright, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Does Impression Management Have an Image Problem?

Mark R. Leary, Duke University

Dynamic Complexity Theory

Delroy L. Paulhus, University of British Columbia

Part III Methods and Innovations

Littering as an Unobtrusive Measure of Political Attitudes

Robert B. Cialdini, Arizona State University

Imagined and Genuine Opposition to New Ideas on Sexuality

Roy F. Baumeister, Florida State University

A New Method for Theory Testing in Social Psychology

Norman Miller, University of Southern California, and Barry E. Collins, UCLA

HARK! A Herald Sings … But Who’s Listening?

Norbert L. Kerr, Michigan State University

Some Things Get Better With Age

Paula M. Niedenthal, CNRS and University of Clermont-Ferrand

Episodes in the Mind

Joseph P. Forgas, University of New South Wales

Kiss My “TASS”

Jonathon D. Brown, University of Washington

Is Attitude Research Incompatible With the Compatibility Principle?

Icek Ajzen, University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Change We Cannot Believe In

David A. Kenny, University of Connecticut

Part IV Phenomena and Findings

Whatever Happened to Schema-Triggered Affect?

Susan T. Fiske, Princeton University

Priming Creative Behavior

E. Tory Higgins, Columbia University

The Bearable Lightness of Impact

Tom Gilovich, Cornell University

I Can’t Explain

Judith Harackiewicz, University of Wisconsin

Most Underappreciated … By Me!

Mark Snyder, University of Minnesota

It Takes More than Two to Tango

John F. Dovidio, Yale University

Reality Lives! Redeeming an Apparently Unfulfilled Prophecy

Michael Harris Bond, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

Bet You Didn’t Know I Did a Dissonance Study

Dan Batson, University of Kansas

My Brief Career in Modeling

Charles S. Carver, University of Miami

The Diversity of Social Support and Outgroup Homogeneity

George R. Goethals, University of Richmond

Thirty Years of Contrast in Social Comparison

Ladd Wheeler, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

The Causal Structure of Person Types and Stereotypes

Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton

Your First Word Will Be Your Last Word if It Is Your Only Word

David A. Schroeder, University of Arkansas

Part V Application: Making Science Useful

“Risky Business”

Mark P. Zanna, University of Waterloo

Buried Treasures

Carol S. Dweck, University of Waterloo

A Mis-citation Classic

Alice H. Eagly, University of Waterloo

Emotional Intelligence

Peter Salovey, Yale University

Hidden Gems about Justice Research

Tom R. Tyler, New York University

The “Messenger Effect” in Persuasion

Saul M. Kassin, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Idea, the Audience, and Me

James W. Pennebaker, University of Texas at Austin

Unfinished Business

Jerald Jellison, University of Southern California, retired