Interpersonal Perception: A Social Relations Analysis (David A. Kenny)
David A. Kenny
April 25, 2016
A Social Relations Analysis
The book examines person perception in its natural context, two people interaction with a relational
history. Using methodological innovations, it systematically studies what we think others are
like, how we see ourselves and how we think others see us. Results from 45 studies are used to
answer nine basic questions in person perception. The basic questions use a specialized notation
called Laing notation.
Table of Contents (click for description of content)
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. A Methodology for the Study of Interpersonal Perception
Chapter 3. Assimilation
Chapter 4. Consensus
Chapter 5. Uniqueness
Chapter 6. Reciprocity and Assumed Reciprocity
Chapter 7. Target Accuracy
Chapter 8. Meta-Perception
Chapter 9. Self-Perception
Chapter 10. Review and Integration
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List of Reviews
Ickes, W. (1996). To see ourselves/others as others/we see us/them/themselves. Contemporary
Psychology, 41, 42-43.
Book review essays in (1996) Psychological Inquiry, 7, 259-287. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Reviews by R. W. Robins & O. P. John, D. C. Funder, L. Jussim, and D. L. Hamilton &
N. L. Wyer.
Other Books Called Interpersonal Perception
Ned Jones has a book with the title of Interpersonal Perception (1990). When
I told him I planned on using the same title, he suggested that I call the book Son of
Interpersonal Perception. I pointed out to him that the book by Laing, Phillipson,
and Lee (1966) was also called Interpersonal Perception. He told me that the
Princeton library had only one book with that title and it was his.
New Version of the Book!
The book is currently being revised and the hope is that the new version will be published in 2017.
The new book will update the findings since 1994 and present the conclusions in a relatively
non-technical fashion. In the mean time these pages are also being updated.
Errata for Kenny's Interpersonal Perception: A Social Relations Analysis
Acknowledgments, page xiv, paragraph 4, line 4, word 4: it is "through."
Appendix C, page 249, numerator of the second equation from the bottom: drop the right parenthesis.
Chapter 3, page 46: in the Campbell et al. study, the perceiver effect moderately correlates across
studies. The correlation is not zero as the text states.
Chapter 4, page 74: the kernel of truth parameter (r4 in the text and r6 in Appendix C) does affect
consensus. Its presence tends to flatten the relationship between acquaintance and consensus.
Chapter 7: it is possible with a strong kernel of truth effect that there never is an increase in
accuracy as a function of acquaintance. Accuracy may even decline as a function of acquaintance.
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