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From The CriticsReviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book consists of 28 chapters organized around the general theme of linking cognition and motivation to action. Different sections of the book examine the sources, contents, and regulation of action goals; the effects of mood on goals; how goals are constructed; and how they affect social interaction.
Purpose: The purpose is to bring together the often disparate perspectives on goal-directed action of cognitive and motivational psychologists. Because the fields of social cognition and motivation have traditionally been distinct, this is indeed a timely and worthy objective.
Audience: The book is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in personality, social and cognitive psychology, and human motivation. The editors and authors are credible authorities in their fields.
Features: The chapters are organized into seven parts, each of which is introduced by a brief, introductory overview that is quite helpful. The references are current, the tables and figures enhance the text, and the attractive layout and careful organization of the book increase its readability.
Assessment: This book is a collection of high-quality chapters that collectively portray the state-of-the-art in the study of goal-directed action. It is a valuable resource that belongs in any library that aspires to collect important works in contemporary general psychology.