Skills: A Paradigm for Applied Social Psychological Research

  • David Pendleton
  • Adrian Furnham
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 11)


This paper will argue that work on social skill can provide a paradigm for continuing social psychological research. It will describe how the social skills model makes possible an useful description of face to face human interaction and yet that the model is incomplete. It will argue that both laboratory and applied research can and must work together to be of reciprocal benefit. It will provide an example of how the social skills model can be used to the benefit of medical practitioners and that, through this applied work, the model itself and the theory related to it can be amended in the light of the empirical results. Thus it will be demonstrated that many of the current crises in contemporary psychology (Westland, 1978) can and must be resolved by the testing of laboratory results and their accompanying theories in natural and applied settings.


Social Behaviour Social Skill Social Competence Social Skill Training Interpersonal Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Pendleton
    • 1
  • Adrian Furnham
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental PsychologyUniversity of OxfordEngland

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