A Fundamental Principle in Social Cognition
Edited by Bertram Gawronski, Fritz Strack
Guilford Press – 2012 – 494 pages
This volume provides an overview of recent research on the nature, causes, and consequences of cognitive consistency. In 22 chapters, leading scholars address the pivotal role of consistency principles at various levels of social information processing, ranging from microlevel to macro-level processes. The book’s scope encompasses mental representation, processing fluency and motivational fit, implicit social cognition, thinking and reasoning, decision making and choice, and interpersonal processes. Key findings, emerging themes, and current directions in the field are explored, and important questions for future research identified.
"From stellar editors and contributors, this superb volume draws attention to the significance of cognitive consistency as a basic principle of social information processing. Chapters cover a remarkable range: the significance of cognitive consistency for neural processes; connectionist models; different types of cognitive, motivational, implicit, and interpersonal processes; and connections to thinking, reasoning, decision making, and choice. This book is an absolute 'must' for researchers and doctoral students in psychology. It presents an intriguing, inviting, integrated perspective that bridges traditional subdisciplinary boundaries in psychology." - Gün R. Semin, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
"With chapter authors including central figures in attitudes and social cognition, this book's ambitious scope is evident from initial chapters on consciousness, social neuroscience, connectionism, and fluency, to concluding ones on stereotyping, social justice, and group processes. In between, chapters cover such diverse subjects as identity, motivational fit, implicit ambivalence, and regret, among many others, organized into major sub-areas of social cognition and social psychology. This volume joins a very small handful of worthy successors to Festinger’s A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance. More important, it resurrects, modernizes, and expands cognitive consistency theories in a way that makes a valuable contribution. I intend to use this book in my graduate course on social cognition. It should be useful in training the next generation of graduate students, while providing a novel and heuristic perspective for more advanced professionals. Gawronski and Strack have created an instant classic." - Donal E. Carlston, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, USA
"Cognitive consistency has been an implicit if not explicit construct in social psychology for over 60 years, cutting across both motivated reasoning and automaticity and playing a role in all phases of information processing, including attention and comprehension, information retrieval, inference and judgment, and behavioral decision making. This volume – edited and written by well-known psychologists with perspectives ranging from cognitive neuroscience to interpersonal relation – testifies to the breadth of issues to which consistency principles are potentially relevant. In combination, the chapters provide a valuable resource for cognitive and social psychologists and graduate students." - Robert S. Wyer, Jr., Department of Marketing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, USA
B. Gawronski, F. Strack, Cognitive Consistency as a Basic Principle of Social Information Processing. Part 1. Mental Representation. E. Morsella, P. Zarolia, A. Gazzaley, Cognitive Conflict and Consciousness. E. Harmon-Jones, C. Harmon-Jones, D.M. Amodio, A Neuroscientific Perspective on Dissonance, Guided by the Action-Based Model. S.J. Read, D. Simon, Parallel Constraint Satisfaction as a Mechanism for Cognitive Consistency. Part 2. Fluency and Fit. P. Winkielman, D.E. Huber, L. Kavanagh, N. Schwarz, Fluency of Consistency: When Thoughts Fit Nicely and Flow Smoothly. S. Topolinski, Nonpropositional Consistency. E.T. Higgins, Motivational Fit. Part 3. Implicit Social Cognition. D. Cvencek, A.G. Greenwald, A.N. Meltzoff, Balanced Identity Theory: Review of Evidence for Implicit Consistency in Social Cognition. R.E. Petty, P. Briñol, I. Johnson, Implicit Ambivalence. C.H. Jordan, C. Logel, S.J. Spencer, M.P. Zanna, Discrepancies between Implicit and Explicit Attitudes, Prejudices, and Self-Esteem: A Model of Simultaneous Accessibility. Part 4. Thinking and Reasoning. P.N. Johnson-Laird, Mental Models and Consistency. A.W. Kruglanski, G. Shteynberg, Cognitive Consistency as Means to an End: How Subjective Logic Affords Knowledge. Part 5. Decision Making and Choice. F. van Harreveld, I.K. Scheider, H. Nohlen, J. van der Pligt, The Dynamics of Ambivalence: Evaluative Conflict in Attitudes and Decision Making. L. Bullens, J. Förster, F. van Harreveld, N. Liberman, Self-Produced Decisional Conflict Due to Incorrect Metacognitions. K.D. Markman, D.R. Beike, Regret, Consistency, and Choice: An Opportunity × Mitigation Framework. J. Stone, Consistency as a Basis for Behavioral Interventions: Using Hypocrisy and Cognitive Dissonance to Motivate Behavior Change. Part 6. Interpersonal Processes. E. Walther, R. Weil, Balance Principles in Attitude Formation and Change: The Desire to Maintain Consistent Cognitions about People. B. Gawronski, P.M. Brochu, R. Sritharan, F. Strack, Cognitive Consistency in Prejudice-Related Belief Systems: Integrating Old-Fashioned, Modern, Aversive, and Implicit Forms of Prejudice. J.W. Sherman, T.J. Allen, D.L.M. Sacchi, Stereotype Confirmation and Disconfirmation. K. van den Bos, M. Maas, Adhering to Consistency Principles in an Unjust World: Implications for Sense-Making, Victim Blaming, and Justice Judgments. E.S. Park, R.S. Tindale, V.B. Hinsz, Interpersonal Cognitive Consistency and the Sharing of Cognition in Groups.
Edited by Bertram Gawronski, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, Canada; and Fritz Strack, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Germany