Springer Series in Social Psychology

Action Control

From Cognition to Behavior

Editors: Kuhl, Julius, Beckmann, Jürgen (Eds.)

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"It is not thought as such that can move anything, but thought which is for the sake of something and is practical." This discerning insight, which dates back more than 2000years to Aristotle, seems to have been ignored by most psycholo­ gists. For more than 40years theories of human action have assumed that cogni­ tion and action are merely two sides of the same coin. Approaches as different as S-O-R behaviorism,social learning theory, consistency theories,and expectancy­ value theories of motivation and decision making have one thing in common: they all assume that "thought (or any other type of cognition) can move any­ thing," that there is a direct path from cognition to behavior. In recent years, we have become more and more aware of the complexities in­ volved in the relationship between cognition and behavior. People do not always do what they intend to do. Aside from several nonpsychological factors capable of reducing cognition-behavior consistency, there seems to be a set of complex psychological mechanisms which intervene between action-related cognitions, such as beliefs, expectancies, values, and intentions,and the enactment of the be­ havior suggested by those cognitions. In our recent research we have focused on volitional mechanismus which presumably enhance cognition-behavior consistency by supporting the main­ tenance of activated intentions and prevent them from being pushed aside by competing action tendencies.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Kuhl, Julius (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • From Intentions to Actions: A Theory of Planned Behavior

    Ajzen, Icek

    Pages 11-39

  • Knowing What to Do: On the Epistemology of Actions

    Kruglanski, Arie W. (et al.)

    Pages 41-60

  • The Pursuit of Self-Defining Goals

    Gollwitzer, Peter M. (et al.)

    Pages 61-85

  • Historical Perspectives in the Study of Action Control

    Kuhl, Julius (et al.)

    Pages 89-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Action Control
Book Subtitle
From Cognition to Behavior
Editors
  • Julius Kuhl
  • Jürgen Beckmann
Series Title
Springer Series in Social Psychology
Copyright
1985
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-69746-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-69746-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-69748-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 288
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