Constructing Social Psychology: Creative and Critical Aspects

Constructing Social Psychology: Creative and Critical Aspects

by William McGuire
     
 

This collection of papers by William J. McGuire reports research on the phenomenal self, revealing how we perceive ourselves and other complex stimuli selectively in terms of distinctive or atypical features, often noticing what is missing rather than what is there. The content, structure, and processing of thought systems surrounding the self and other complex… See more details below

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This collection of papers by William J. McGuire reports research on the phenomenal self, revealing how we perceive ourselves and other complex stimuli selectively in terms of distinctive or atypical features, often noticing what is missing rather than what is there. The content, structure, and processing of thought systems surrounding the self and other complex stimuli are shown to function by balancing logical consistency, realistic coping, and hedonic gratification. Attitude-change and social-influence processes are described, with particular attention given to the personality correlates of persuadability, how beliefs can be immunized against persuasion, how persuasive communications affect beliefs, and how people can be persuaded by Socratic questioning that does not give them new information but rather directs their attention to selected subsets of information they already have. Also reported are findings on language and thought, psychology and history, and techniques of creative thinking in psychology and other fields.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521646727
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
1Learning My Way1
2Immunization against Persuasion44
3Attitude-Change Studies74
4Integrative Reviews of Social Influence Processes96
5Developing Effective Persuasion Campaigns136
6Thought Systems: Their Content, Structure, and Functioning180
7A Topography of the Phenomenal Self230
8Distinctiveness Theory and the Salience of Self-characteristics263
9Language and Thought Asymmetries294
10Psychology and History323
11Winters of Our Discontents: Crises in Social Psychology376
12A Perspectivist Epistemology: Knowledge as Misrepresentation395
Selected References433
Index443

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