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Social Comparison, Judgment, and Behavior

Jerry Suls, Rebecca L. Collins, and Ladd Wheeler


This edited volume presents both classic and contemporary conceptual, empirical, and applied perspectives on the role of comparisons with other people—a core aspect of social life—that have implications for the self-concept, opinions, subjective and physical well-being, conformity, decision-making, group behavior, education, and social movements. The volume is comprised of original chapters, authored by noted experts, divided into three sections: basic comparison processes, neighboring fields, and applications. The first section is comprised of chapters that update classic theories and present ... More

Keywords: social comparison, social influence, self-concept, relative deprivation, conformity, inequality, justice

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190629113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190629113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerry Suls, editor
Senior Scientist, Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

Rebecca L. Collins, editor
Director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program, Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Rand Corporation

Ladd Wheeler, editor
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

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1 A History of Social Comparison Theory

Ladd Wheeler and Jerry Suls

3 Looking Up and Ahead

Jerry Suls and Ladd Wheeler

4 Individual Differences in Social Comparison

Abraham P. Buunk, Frederick X. Gibbons, Pieternel Dijkstra, and Zlatan Krizan

5 Social Comparison Before, During, and After the Competition

Stephen M. Garcia, Zachary A. Reese, and Avishalom Tor

8 Dimensional Comparison Theory

Friederike Helm, Herbert W. Marsh, Theresa Dicke, and Jens Möller

9 Envy and Social Comparison

Niels van de Ven and Marcel Zeelenberg

10 Stereotypes and Relative Social Status in Social Comparisons

Jillian K. Swencionis and Susan T. Fiske

11 Navigating the Perils of Outperforming Others

Anne L. Zell,Julie J. Exline, and Marci Lobel

12 Temporal Comparisons in a Social World

Anne E. Wilson and Erin Shanahan

14 Comparing One and Many

Eleanor Putnam-Farr and Carey K. Morewedge

16 How Social Networks Shape Social Comparison

Jingwen Zhang and Damon Centola

17 The Evolutionary Roots of Social Comparisons

Marcela E. Benítez and Sarah F. Brosnan

18 Relative Deprivation Theory

Heather J. Smith, Thomas F. Pettigrew, and Yuen J. Huo

19 Health Cognitions, Decision-Making, and Behavior

William M. P. Klein and Elise L. Rice

20 Social Dominance Theory and Power Comparison

Robin Bergh,Gregory K. Davis,Sa-kiera T. J. Hudson, and Jim Sidanius

21 Myopia of the Masses

Ruthie Pliskin, Daniel Yudkin, John T. Jost, and Yaacov Trope

22 Income Inequality and Well-Being

Felix Cheung andRichard E. Lucas

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