Cognitive Dissonance: 50 Years of a Classic Theory by Joel M. Cooper

Cognitive Dissonance: 50 Years of a Classic Theory by Joel M. Cooper

By Joel M. Cooper

This ebook is enjoyable to read!...Cooper takes care to delineate these reviews that have been relatively vital of their objective, relatively smart of their layout, and such a lot groundbreaking of their effects. He makes a gripping tale of the inception and march of growth in what might have been easily a protracted sequence of attention-grabbing examine initiatives. In doing so, he made me nostalgic for a time while the sphere of psychology was once alive with pleasure and overrun with learn issues that truly made feel to these outdoors a slender strong point and that intended whatever to the citizenry."                                                                                                         -Alan Cheney, PSYCCRITIQUES"Cooper (Princeton) does an outstanding task summarizing learn at the notion of cognitive dissonance because it used to be first elucidated via Leon Festinger within the 1950s...Cooper brings a much-needed old point of view to cognitive dissonance, and he peppers his dialogue with fascinating own anecdotes. Political analysts in addition to psychologists may be drawn to the categorical stipulations that elicit cognitive dissonance."                                                                                            -D.J. Winchester, Yeshiva University"Dr. Joel Cooper has been on the very leading edge of analysis on dissonance thought for many years now. during this e-book, he presents an excellent and engagingly-written evaluation of the 50-year heritage of dissonance study and a masterful account of the resultant advancements within the idea. The booklet might be a great source for readers conversant in dissonance examine and an enlightening creation if you happen to are not"                                                                    -Professor Russell H. Fazio, Ohio country college Why is it that folks who smoke proceed to take action figuring out how undesirable it truly is for them? What drives humans to committing adultery even if they inherently think this is often incorrect? what is the end result of this contradiction within the brain? Cognitive dissonance has been an incredible and influential idea because Leon Festinger released his vintage paintings in 1957. it truly is identified through each social psychologist, so much psychologists of any stripe, and the lay public, making its approach into such mainstream courses because the manhattan occasions with expanding frequency and accuracy. eventually, dissonance has turn into essentially the most popularly recognized expressions of social mental insights, making its manner into the literature in customer, well-being and fiscal habit, and has develop into an often used clarification of political habit within the renowned press and magazines. In marking the fiftieth anniversary of the theory's inception, Joel Cooper - arguably the coed so much linked to dissonance study long ago few many years - has provided a gorgeous, glossy and complete research of the nation of dissonance idea. This e-book charts the development of dissonance idea, assessing its influence not just inside of our realizing of psychology yet in daily stories in addition. it's going to be very important examining for college kids in social psychology, both undergraduate or graduate, yet both proper to a bunch of different readers who have to comprehend or percentage an identical passions for appreciating the importance of cognitive dissonance within the human psyche.

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Although Festinger and Carlsmith’s landmark study is probably the best remembered of the induced compliance research, it was Cohen’s methodology that established the research paradigm for the hundreds of studies to come. Asking people to write essays or make speeches on topics with which they did not agree became the essential method for creating the discrepancy that aroused cognitive dissonance. Looking for the inverse relationship between the magnitude of incentive and the degree of attitude change became the signature of cognitive dissonance following induced compliance.

Liking what you suffer for What does a punishment feel like? It makes us feel bad, it discourages us from performing the behavior for which we were just punished, and it serves as a reminder to avoid the stimulus or situation that provoked the punishment. Punishments come in many varieties from severe corporal punishment to the more mundane negative reactions we may suffer from friends, teachers, or relatives who disapprove of something we do. qxd 3/16/2007 2:52 PM Page 21 negative affective states.

Festinger and his students were confident of their ability to bring interesting and important issues into the laboratory and make them real for experimental subjects. There was a flair and a stagecraft not only to Festinger and Carlsmith’s experiment but to so many that followed shortly thereafter. Festinger and his students, including Elliot Aronson, J. Merrill Carlsmith, Judson Mills, and Jack Brehm invented elaborate scenarios to study the effects of such issues as threat, effort, and expectancies on the arousal of dissonance.

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