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Control Motivation and Social Cognition

Editors: Weary, Gifford, Gleicher, Faith, Marsh, Kerry L. (Eds.)

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Over the past two decades theorists and researchers have given increasing attention to the effects, both beneficial and harmful, of various control­ related motivations and beliefs. People's notions of how much personal control they have or desire to have over important events in their lives have been used to explain a host of performance and adaptational outcomes, including motivational and performance deficits associated with learned helplessness (Abramson, Seligman, & Teasdale, 1978) and depression (Abramson, Metalsky, & Alloy, 1989), adaptation to aging (Baltes & Baltes, 1986; Rodin, 1986), cardiovascular disease (Matthews, 1982), cancer (Sklar & Anisman, 1979), increased reports of physical symptoms (Pennebaker, 1982), enhanced learning (Savage, Perlmutter, & Monty, 1979), achievement-related behaviors (Dweck & Licht, 1980; Ryckman, 1979), and post abortion adjustment (Mueller & Major, 1989). The notion that control motivation plays a fundamental role in a variety of basic, social psychological processes also has a long historical tradition. A number of theorists (Heider, 1958; Jones & Davis, 1965; Kelley, 1967), for example, have suggested that causal inferences arise from a desire to render the social world predictable and controllable. Similarly, control has been implicated as an important mediator of cognitive dissonance (Wicklund & Brehm, 1976) and attitude phenomena (Brehm & Brehm, 1981; Kiesler, Collins, & Miller, 1969). Despite the apparent centrality of control motivation to a variety of social psychological phenomena, until recently there has been relatively little research explicitly concerned with the effects of control motivation on the cognitive processes underlying such phenomena (cf.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Control, Its Loss, and Psychological Reactance

    Pages 3-30

    Brehm, Jack W.

  • Perceptions of Control: Determinants and Mechanisms

    Pages 33-73

    Alloy, Lauren B. (et al.)

  • Naturally Occurring Perceptions of Control: A Model of Bounded Flexibility

    Pages 74-93

    Thompson, Suzanne C.

  • The Primacy of Control in Causal Thinking and Attributional Style: An Attributional Functionalism Perspective

    Pages 94-121

    Anderson, Craig A. (et al.)

  • Uncertainty, Mental Models, and Learned Helplessness: An Anatomy of Control Loss

    Pages 122-153

    Kofta, Miroslaw

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Control Motivation and Social Cognition
Editors
  • Gifford Weary
  • Faith Gleicher
  • Kerry L. Marsh
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4613-8309-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4613-8309-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-8311-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 344
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