Established in 2011 by SPSP, TheMedia Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science honors a book written by a psychologist that makes a distinctive and important contribution to the field by promoting an understanding of the science of social and personality psychology to the general public.
Books serve an important role in promoting understanding of social and personality psychology to the general public. The aim of this Prize is to give recognition to the best book of the given year that presents social and personality psychology to broader audiences.
This Prize has several benefits.
It serves to recognize the role of books in promoting our science to the wider public.
Books are one way that people inside the field often contribute to getting the word out about our science making this a good mechanism to recognize those efforts (given that the other two Media Awards are meant to focus on SPSP outsiders).
The Award Nomination Panel has the option of not awarding a prize annually.
The recipient receives a $500 honorarium.
2013 Jonathan Haidt
Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are
Divided by Politics and Religion" 2012 James Pennebaker
The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us
The 2013 Media Book Prize goes to Jonathan
Haidt for his book "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and
Religion" (Pantheon Books, 2012). Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind takes us
on a tour of how people bind themselves to political and religious teams and
the moral narratives that accompany them. Using a range of arguments –
anthropological, psychological, and evolutionary – he invites his readers to
entertain the proposal that the political left and the right in the United
States emphasize different virtues and he earnestly suggests that we use that
discovery to try to get along. Whether you ultimately agree with Haidt’s
view or not, it is one that is well worth considering given that the country is
confronted by an ideological impasse of unprecedented magnitude.
The 2012 Media Book Prize goes to James W. Pennebaker, for "The Secret Life of Pronouns: What our Words Say About Us." Before reading this book, anyone other than the most devoted lexiphile might ask, "Who cares about pronouns?” But Pennebaker shows why pronouns matter: they reflect our personality, goals, and context. The science is compelling, the thrust is novel, and the conclusions furnish a provocative basis for expanding the way we understand and study human behavior. By weaving in references to online self-tests, well-known public figures, and literary characters, Pennebaker has created a book that is engaging, fun, and accessible to readers well beyond the field of Psychology. As such, The Secret Life of Pronouns generates broad interest in the science of psychology and the importance of the research done in our field.
The submission period is now closed for this 2013 Prize.
- Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.
- Eligible books are those published during calendar year 2012.Books, unpublished and ‘in press’, are not eligible. Published in 2012 means (as rightly interpreted) appears in print in 2012 (i.e. not in press or not published in 2008).
- This Prize is no longer open to edited academic volumes.
- One award may be given each year, but the Panel is not obligated to award this prize annually.
Two Options for Book Submission:
Hard Copy Books:
- Mail 4 copies of the book with a brief nomination letter to the SPSP office address below:
Linda Dovidio/SPSP Executive Office
265 High St
Coventry, CT 06238
- Books submitted cannot be returned.
Books in PDf or other electronic version(encouraged):
The submission deadline is May 15, 2013.
The recipient will receive a $500 honorarium.
This 2013 Book Prize will be presented at the annual 2014 Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference, which will take place in Austin, TX, February 13-15.
This year’s Award Nomination Panel for all 2013 Media Awards are Marzu Banaji (Chair), Robert Cialdini, Tom Gilovich, and Kathleen Vohs.
Questions can be directed to the Chair at BookPrizeSPSP@gmail.com