Handbook of Motivation and Cognition, Volume 3: The Interpersonal Context

Handbook of Motivation and Cognition, Volume 3: The Interpersonal Context

by Richard M. Sorrentino
     
 

The third volume of the Handbook of Motivation and Cognition, like its acclaimed predecessors, presents timely, original work on the interface of motivation and cognition. Rather than looking at the self, affect, and goals as primarily intrapersonal variables, however, Volume 3 shifts its concern to the role of motivation and cognition in interpersonal and

Overview

The third volume of the Handbook of Motivation and Cognition, like its acclaimed predecessors, presents timely, original work on the interface of motivation and cognition. Rather than looking at the self, affect, and goals as primarily intrapersonal variables, however, Volume 3 shifts its concern to the role of motivation and cognition in interpersonal and intergroup behavior. Reflecting an increasing awareness of the impact of intergroup strife in contemporary life, leading researchers and theorists of social relations discuss topics including how we use others to further evaluate the self; how the self affects our judgment of others; the role of stereotyping and prejudices; and how we evaluate and interact with ingroups and outgroups.

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Reviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book consists of 18 original chapters devoted, in one way or another, to examining the role of affect, motivation, and cognition in evaluations of one's self, of others, and of groups. Topics include social comparison, impression management, stereotyping, intergroup tension, and prejudice reduction.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, as with two earlier volumes in the series, is to present theory and research at the interface of motivation and research. Unlike the earlier volumes, the editors' purpose here is to "examine the role of motivation and cognition in interpersonal and intergroup behavior." An additional purpose of this volume appears to be to demonstrate the relevance of social psychological research to applied problems in social relations. These are worthy objectives, admirably met.
Audience: The book is written primarily for social psychology researchers, students, and teachers, although other psychologists and even social philosophers will find many chapters of interest. The editors and authors are all credible authorities, and represent Australia, Germany, and Canada, as well as the United States.
Features: The book has separate subject and author indexes, a fair number of figures and tables, and excellent and current references at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is an important reference work which belongs in any library with a social science collection. Newcomers to the field may struggle with the terminology, but a careful reading of these excellent chapters will be rewarded. Overall, this book demonstrates the vitality of contemporary social psychology.
From the Publisher
"The Handbook of Motivation and Cognition, Volume 3, presents a detailed and sophisticated account of how individuals negotiate their way through the social environment. More so than existing work, it demonstrates compellingly that proper understanding of social cognition and social motivation requires emphasizing the social context in which action and thought occurs. Providing thoughtful, state-of-the-art presentations by some of the field's most generative contributors, the volume offers impressive evidence that cutting-edge social psychology is returning to its social roots." —Harry T. Reis, University of Rochester
Reviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book consists of 18 original chapters devoted, in one way or another, to examining the role of affect, motivation, and cognition in evaluations of one's self, of others, and of groups. Topics include social comparison, impression management, stereotyping, intergroup tension, and prejudice reduction.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, as with two earlier volumes in the series, is to present theory and research at the interface of motivation and research. Unlike the earlier volumes, the editors' purpose here is to "examine the role of motivation and cognition in interpersonal and intergroup behavior." An additional purpose of this volume appears to be to demonstrate the relevance of social psychological research to applied problems in social relations. These are worthy objectives, admirably met.
Audience: The book is written primarily for social psychology researchers, students, and teachers, although other psychologists and even social philosophers will find many chapters of interest. The editors and authors are all credible authorities, and represent Australia, Germany, and Canada, as well as the United States.
Features: The book has separate subject and author indexes, a fair number of figures and tables, and excellent and current references at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is an important reference work which belongs in any library with a social science collection. Newcomers to the field may struggle with the terminology, but a careful reading of these excellent chapters will be rewarded. Overall, this book demonstrates the vitality of contemporary social psychology.
Peter B. Zeldow
This book consists of 18 original chapters devoted, in one way or another, to examining the role of affect, motivation, and cognition in evaluations of one's self, of others, and of groups. Topics include social comparison, impression management, stereotyping, intergroup tension, and prejudice reduction. The purpose of the book, as with two earlier volumes in the series, is to present theory and research at the interface of motivation and research. Unlike the earlier volumes, the editors' purpose here is to examine the role of motivation and cognition in interpersonal and intergroup behavior. An additional purpose of this volume appears to be to demonstrate the relevance of social psychological research to applied problems in social relations. These are worthy objectives, admirably met. The book is written primarily for social psychology researchers, students, and teachers, although other psychologists and even social philosophers will find many chapters of interest. The editors and authors are all credible authorities, and represent Australia, Germany, and Canada, as well as the United States. The book has separate subject and author indexes, a fair number of figures and tables, and excellent and current references at the end of each chapter. This is an important reference work which belongs in any library with a social science collection. Newcomers to the field may struggle with the terminology, but a careful reading of these excellent chapters will be rewarded. Overall, this book demonstrates the vitality of contemporary social psychology.
Booknews
Building on the theoretical foundations laid by its predecessors, this third volume shifts concern from looking within the individual to examining his or her focus on others. In 18 contributions, researchers and theorists of social relations explore how we use others to further evaluate the self; how affective traits interact with social motives, expectations, and stereotypes in interpersonal interactions; and how perceptions of groups and of individual group members affect the dynamics of intergroup relations. A sampling of topics: affect, motivation, and cognition in relative deprivation research; making stereotypes better or worse; and the impact of anticipated group membership on cognition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572300521
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Series:
Handbook of Motivation and Cognition Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
646
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sorrentino, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his M.A. degree from the American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to coediting all three volumes of the Handbook of Motivation and Cognition with E. Tory Higgins, he has coedited two other books, has published articles in personality, social, and educational psychology, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals.

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