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Psychology Of Action : Linking Cognition And Motivation To Behavior - P. M. Gollwitzer

Psychology Of Action

Linking Cognition And Motivation To Behavior

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9781572300323
Number Of Pages: 683

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How are social behaviors initiated, sustained, disrupted, and resumed? What are the cognitive bases of goals, and how are goals and actions affected by emotions? Putting an end to the traditional, and unproductive, juxtaposition of motivation and cognition, this book relates these domains to shed new light on the control of goal-directed action. Bringing together renowned social and motivational psychologists, it presents concise formulations of complete research programs that effectively map the territory, provide new findings, and suggest innovative ideas for future research.

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"This book is a must read for anyone interested in human motivation. In this well-edited volume, top theorists and researchers bring us up to date on their efforts to integrate cognition and motivation through the use of goal concepts and a focus on action. Not only is motivation back but along with it such important topics as intention, willpower, self-regulation, and the dynamics of action." --Lawrence A. Pervin, Ph.D., Rutgers University "The artificial separation of cognition and motivation was an unfortunate by-product of the demise of grand theories in psychology. This book takes a large step toward re-integrating these constructs. It does more, however: it integrates the new with old. Although the scholarship that enlightens these chapters is impressive in its currency, the underlying issues addressed--the role of consciousness in life, the operation of choice and will in action, the basically functional nature of behavior--take us back to our roots in the great age of the classical approaches." --Russell G. Geen, Ph.D., Curators' Professor of Psychology, University of Missouri

"The aspiration of the editors implied in the title of this important volume--to find a link between action and cognition--is as admirable as it is risky. For decades, cognition has relied heavily on the computer model of the mind, and like the computer, had no conceptual instruments to allow for derivations about behavior and action. Action could be modeled in the robotics. But the robot that engages in motion requires an external source of energy, independent of the software that runs it. This is not so in the case of living organisms where `software' and `hardware' are intimately interlaced. The editors are to be congratulated for taking the risk and achieving a most promising breakthrough in the search for a conceptual union between cognition and action." --Robert B. Zajonc, Ph.D.

Sources And Contents Of Action Goals
All Goals Are Not Created Equal: An Organismic Perspective on the Nature of Goals and Their Regulation
Self-Regulation and Ego Threat: Motivated Cognition, Self-Deception, and Destructive Goal Setting
On the Substitutability of Self-Protective Mechanisms
Implicit Theories as Organizers of Goals and Behavior
Ideals, Oughts, and Regulatory Outcome Focus: Relating Affect and Motivation to Distinct Pains and Pleasures
Affective Influences On Action Goals
Feelings and Their Motivational Implications: Moods and the Action Sequence
Depression, Control Motivation, and Person Perception
Emotional Influences on Cognitive Processing, with Implications for Theories of Both
Preparing To Act
Mental Construction of the Goal
From Good Intentions to Willpower
Mental Stimulation, Motivation, and Action
Positive Fantasy and Motivation
Time in Action: Dynamics and the Mental Control of Behavior
Planning and Coordinating Action
The Volitional Benefits of Planning
Striving and Feeling: Personal Goals and Subjective Well-Being
Effortful Pursuit of Personal Goals in Daily Life
Effortful Control Of Action
Volitional Choices in the Goal Achievement Process
The Directive Influence of Attitudes on Behavior
Self-Regulatory and Other Non-Ability-Related Determinants of Skill Acquisition
Brehm's Theory of Motivation as a Model of Effort and Cardiovascular Response
Nonconscious Control Of Action
Automaticity in Action: The Unconscious as Repository of Chronic Goals and Motives
The Feeling of Doing
Goal Influences On Social Interaction
Person Perception under Pressure: When Motivation Brings About Egocentrism
Expectancy Influences in Social Interaction: The Moderating Role of Social Goals
Beyond Accuracy: Defense and Impression Motives in Heuristic and Systematic Information Processing
Awareness of Influence as a Precondition for Implementing Correctional Goals
Goals as Knowledge Structures
The Role of Conscious Thought in a Theory of Motivation and Cognition: The Uncertainty Orientation Paradigm
Some Ways in Which Goals Differ and Some Implications of Those Differences
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ISBN: 9781572300323
ISBN-10: 1572300329
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 683
Published: 1st January 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 16.26  x 4.83
Weight (kg): 1.18