Bridging Paradigms

Overview

This volume examines positive development across adulthood with particular emphasis on postformal thought. The editors acknowledge that researchers have compiled a substantial body of descriptive evidence about the styles of thinking used by adults under certain conditions. The questions that remain are whether these styles reflect qualitative changes; how these styles develop; whether there are necessary precursors; why there is content specificity; what the relationship is to physiological or neurological ...

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Overview

This volume examines positive development across adulthood with particular emphasis on postformal thought. The editors acknowledge that researchers have compiled a substantial body of descriptive evidence about the styles of thinking used by adults under certain conditions. The questions that remain are whether these styles reflect qualitative changes; how these styles develop; whether there are necessary precursors; why there is content specificity; what the relationship is to physiological or neurological development; whether adults can deliberately control postformal thought; how postformal thought develops in different cultures; what key developmental experiences, if any, are needed for postformal thought to develop; and what postformal thought means in a practical sense.

These questions are addressed by the research and theory discussed in this volume. The contributors reflect a diversity of backgrounds assumptions, disciplines, and methods. Postformal thought and its correlates are described from physiological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and clinical perspectives.

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Examines positive development across adulthood with particular emphasis on postformal thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275936174
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1991
  • Pages: 284
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

JAN D. SINNOTT is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Study of Adult Development at Towson State University.

JOHN C. CAVANAUGH is Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University and Director of the Institute for Psychological Research and Application.

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Table of Contents

On Building Bridges, Developing Positively, and Postformal Thinking Coming of Age: Confessions of a Nonconformist by John C. Cavanaugh

Keeping One's Balance in a Moving System: The Effects of the Multiple Personality Disordered Patient on the Cognitive Development of the Therapist by Judith Armstrong

Age-Related Changes in Visual Processing May Result in Continuing Cognitive Development by Julie R. Brannan and Cameron J. Camp

Normal Aging and Disease as Contributors to the Study of Cognitive Processing in Aging by Jeffrey W. Elias, Merrill F. Elias, and P. K. Elias

Reconceptualizing the Nature of Dialectical Postformal Operational Thinking: The Effects of Affectively Mediated Social Experiences by Ronald R. Irwin

Bridging Paradigms: The Role of a Change Agent in an International Technical Transfer Project by Lynn Johnson

Relativistic Operations: A Framework for Conceptualizing Teachers' Everyday Problem Solving by Diane M. Lee

Conflict and Cooperation in Adulthood: A Role for Both? by John A. Meacham

The Importance of Interpersonal Relations for Formal Operations Development by John A. Meacham

Age Differences versus Age Deficits in Laboratory Tasks: The Role of Research in Everyday Cognition by James M. Puckett, Hayne W. Reese, Stanley H. Cohen, and Leslee K. Pollina

Investigating the Relationship between Cognition and Social Thinking in Adulthood: Stereotyping and Attributional Processes by Jane L. Rankin and Judith L. Allen

Perceived Problem Relevancy and Its Relationship to Reasoning on Everyday Problems by Richard A. Sebby and Dennis R. Papini

Limits to Problem Solving: Emotion, Intention, Goal Clarity, Health, andOther Factors in Postformal Thought by Jan D. Sinnott

What Do We Do to Help John? A Case Study of Postformal Problem Solving in a Family Making Decisions about an Acutely Psychotic Member by Jan D. Sinnott

The Influences of Formal versus Informal Education on Planning Skills: A Cultural Perspective by Fabienne Tanon

Expert Systems in Nature: Spoken Language Processing and Adult Aging by Arthur Wingfield and Elizabeth A. L. Stine

Author Index

Subject Index

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