Social psychology is the quest to understand how our behaviour is influenced by those around us. Richard Crisp introduces the reader to the history of social psychology, covering the thinkers, discussions and the debates which have shaped its first 120 years, and looks forward to the cutting edge ideas in the discipline.
Richard Crisp is a professor, writer, scientist, and teacher who has held a lifelong fascination with what makes people 'tick'. He fell in love with Social Psychology while studying at the University of Oxford. His PhD thesis research - an experimental investigation of how people mentally represent social diversity - bore multiple awards and set him on a 20 year voyage of discovery in to the psychology of social behaviour He has published over 130 articles, chapters and books, and is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Richard has won numerous awards for his research and writing including the prestigious British Psychological Society Spearman Medal for outstanding achievement in published research. He is the winner of the British Psychological Society's President's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge 2014.