Temporal Matters in Social Psychology: Examining the Role of Time in the Lives of Groups and Individuals

Pages: 227
Item #: 4316017
ISBN: 978-1-59147-053-3
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Copyright: 2004
Format: Hardcover
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In Temporal Matters in Social Psychology, authors Joseph E. McGrath and Franziska Tschan explore and ponder the many ways in which temporal matters affect how individuals, groups, and larger collectives behave. In interesting and delightful discussions, the authors examine how people conceptualize time and live within prescribed and personal timeframes. They also investigate how time is measured and enters into social psychological phenomena at multiples levels, in different functional roles, and as different types of processes. Chapters cover how temporal factors play a fundamental and often overlooked role in many key methodological areas of psychology, including causality, internal and external validity, comparisons of empirical information gained by different research strategies, and theories of measurement and error.

Readers will gain from this engaging volume an enriched understanding of temporal processes and will be inspired to make time part of future theories and scientific endeavors.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. The Complex Nature of Time
  3. Temporal Aspects of Individual Behavior
  4. Temporal Factors Affecting Social Psychological Phenomena
  5. Time, Stress, and Coping Processes
  6. Group Development and Change
  7. Time and Collective Action
  8. Time and the Research Process
  9. Time and the Future of Social Psychology


  1. Parameters of Temporal Patterning
  2. Slife's Analysis of Temporal Conceptions
  3. McGrath and Kelly's Treatment of Conceptions of Time


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Author Bios

Joseph McGrath, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Women's Studies University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign IL. He earned his MA in psychology at University of Maryland in 1951, and his PhD is social psychology at the University of Michigan in 1955, with T. M. Newcomb. His areas of research interest are in small group processes and performance, including the impact of electronic technology on groups; social and psychological factors in stress; research methodology; gender issues in social psychology; and temporal factors in social psychological theory and research.

Franziska Tschan, PhD, is professor of social psychology and work at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. She earned her PhD Psychology (1990) and completed her habilitation (1999) in Social Psychology and Work Psychology, both at the University of Berne, Switzerland, with Mario von Cranach. Her research interests include: small group and team performance, in computer supported as well as face-to-face groups and teams; social relationships at work; action theory as applied to group performance; and temporal patterns in collective action.