Cognitive Consistency

Cognitive Consistency

Motivational Antecedents and Behavioral Consequents

1st Edition - January 1, 1966

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  • Editor: Shel Feldman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483272825

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Cognitive Consistency: Motivational Antecedents and Behavioral presents the behavioral implications of the motivation for consistency. This book discusses the relationship between assumptions and motivation for consistency. Organized into nine chapters, this book begins with an overview of the area of study, empirical problems, and theoretical issues. This text then examines the nature of the motivation for consistency. Other chapters consider the effects of the formal aspects of cognitions. This book discusses as well the behavioral implications of consistency-seeking and the development of theories of cognitive consistency. The final chapter deals with the extent to which the motivation for consistency is based upon cognitive or social consideration. This book is a valuable resource for readers who are interested in attitude formation and change, in particular, and those interested in social psychology and communications, in general. Psychologists, communications specialists, researchers, and theorists working in the scope of the consistency theories will also find this book useful.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    The Current Status of Cognitive Consistency Theories

    Early Work on Consistency Theory

    Directions Taken by Consistency Theory

    Issues Currently Confronting Consistency Theory

    The Place of Consistency Theory in the Larger

    Psychological Scene


    Motivation for Consistency

    Types of Cognitive Consistency

    The Consideration of Motivation in Consistency Theories

    A Methodological Problem

    Consequences of Making Motivational Assumptions

    Cognitive Control of Drive



    Motivational Aspects of Attitudinal Elements and Their Place in Cognitive Interaction

    A Selected History of "Attitude": From Molar to Atomic

    Molar Motivation in Atomic Attitude Theories

    Motivation as a Property of Attitudinal Elements



    The Psychology of Insufficient Justification: An Analysis of Some Conflicting Data

    Effects of Sufficient and Insufficient Reward

    Toward a Resolution of Discrepancies: The Conditions

    Necessary for the Emergence of Dissonance


    Some Limits of Dissonance: Toward a Differentiated View of Counter-Attitudinal Performance

    Some Suspicions about Suspicion

    Counter-Attitudinal Action and Advocacy

    Interpreting a Replication and Its Replications

    Summary and Conclusions


    Subjective Acceptance of Verbal Generalizations

    Simple Evidence Forms

    The First Study

    The Second Study

    The Third Study



    The Relationships between Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behavior

    The Concept of Attitude

    The Relationships between Attitude and Other Phenomena

    Behavioral Prediction and Measures of Behavior

    The Relationship of Attitude and Behavior as Seen in a Multiattitude Object, Multimethod Matrix



    Task Acceptance Dilemmas: A Site for Research on Cognition

    Tasks as a Means to Study Cognition


    Linkage between Beliefs and Behavior

    Incentive Effects in Attitude Change



    Some Conceptual and Empirical Problems of Consistency Models

    Origin of Consistency Models

    The Consistency Postulate and General Psychology

    Formal Problems of Definition and Measurement

    The Motivational Problem

    The Problem of the Mode of Resolution

    The Problem of Synchronization


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 326
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1966
  • Published: January 1, 1966
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483272825

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Shel Feldman

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