Interpersonal Influence Author:Ladd Wheeler Interpersonal Influence is a field in social psychology, and like many areas of thought, it has been historically defined. — Consistent with a historical definition of "interpersonal influence", the major contributions to this area are discussed in roughly chronological order. — It is hoped that knowing the course of development in this area will ... more »enable the reader to understand why psychologists are currently concerned with the things they are concerned with. Major positions are included in this historical approach, with the focus on theory.
Read how an interest in bicycle racing lead to the first study in social psychology, in 1895; the effects of majority opinion; how groups affect individuals and inversely; social comparison and the decision-making process; and much more. The book ends with a discussion on the question, "How should we value being susceptible to influence vs. being independent?"« less