© 1987

Theories of Group Behavior

  • Brian Mullen
  • George R. Goethals

Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. George R. Goethals, John M. Darley
    Pages 21-47
  3. Roy F. Baumeister, Debra G. Hutton
    Pages 71-87
  4. Russell G. Geen, Brad J. Bushman
    Pages 89-109
  5. John B. Pryor, Thomas M. Ostrom
    Pages 147-183
  6. George R. Goethals
    Pages 209-229
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-246

About this book


In the fall of 1983, we began to organize a symposium entitled "General Social Psychological Theories of Group Behavior." Our goal was to encourage the extension and application of basic current social psychology to group behavior. The symposium was presented in the spring of 1984 at the Eastern Psychological Association convention in Baltimore and the interest that it generated led to discussions with colleagues and friends about similar efforts by social psychologists, eventually resulting in the present book. Some clarification about the contents is in order. First, the theories presented here are clearly social psychological in scope and level of analysis, as discussed in the Introduction (Chapter 1). However, we are not trying to encompass sociological, anthropological, political, or historical theoretical approaches to group behavior. Second, while the theories comprise a wide-ranging and representative, if not quite exhaustive, selection of social psychological theories of group behavior, there are some interesting and general perspectives that are not represented. For example, one perspective that is conspicuous by its absence is some variant of learning theory. Aside from the rare, notable exception (e.g., Buss, 1979), little work currently is being done on group behavior from a learning theoretic perspective. Our inclusion or exclusion of a theory reflects our judgment regarding its currency and accessibility to social psychological researchers.


Evaluation Validation attention gender learning theory psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian Mullen
    • 1
  • George R. Goethals
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWilliams CollegeWilliamstownUSA

Bibliographic information