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SpringerBriefs in Complexity

Target in Control

Social Influence as Distributed Information Processing

Authors: Nowak, A., Vallacher, R., Rychwalska, A., Roszczynska-Kurasinska, M., Ziembowicz, K., Biesaga, M., Kacprzyk-Murawska, M.

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  • Self-contained presentation of state-of-the-art advances in social systems science
  • Combines theoretical, empirical and computational approaches
  • Investigates the motives and strategies of the target of social influence
  • Addresses a broad interdisciplinary audience, including scientists in psychology, sociology, economy, marketing, and biology
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This concise monograph introduces and examines social influence from the perspective of the so-called target, rather than from the source, thus providing for the first time a bidirectional account of this pervasive social phenomenon, further bridging  simple micro-level dyadic interaction rules with macro-level properties of the (social) system. This integrative approach allows for advanced models of influence to be developed in both the social and natural sciences (e.g. social animals). In particular, when used to investigate emergent properties of social change, this approach shows that social transitions occur as “bubbles of new” in the “sea of old.” 

While in the traditional view influence is synonymous with achieving power and control over others, the present approach to social influence puts the emphasis on the target’s motives and strategies. Here, the target may actively seek out influence to help forge opinions and achieve guidance regarding courses of action. In this process, the target observes others, models their thought and behavior, and asks for information and opinions. In this broadened perspective, the processes of social influence enables those being influenced (the targets) to use the knowledge and processing capacity of influence sources to maximize their access to information, minimize their processing effort, while optimizing their own functioning and that of the social system in which they evolve.

This short text addresses above all scientists interested in social influence in the fields of psychology, sociology, economy, marketing, and biology. However, also researchers interested in modeling social processes, especially opinion dynamics and social change, such as computer scientists, physicists and applied mathematicians will benefit from the insights provided.

About the authors

Prof. Andrzej Nowak received his PhD in 1987 from the University of Warsaw, where he is currently a professor and director of the Center for Complex Systems Research. He is director and founder of the Institute of Social Psychology of Internet and Communication at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Prof. Nowak is one of the founders of dynamical social psychology. His scientific interests include complex systems and applying computer simulations in psychology and social sciences.

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Table of contents (3 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30622-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover $59.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Target in Control
Book Subtitle
Social Influence as Distributed Information Processing
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Complexity
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30622-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30622-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-30621-2
Series ISSN
2191-5326
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 80
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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