In this book, an international group of leading scientists present perspectives on the control of human behavior, awareness, consciousness, and the meaning and function of perceived control or self-efficacy in people's lives. The book breaks down the barriers between subdisciplines, and thus constitutes an occasion to reflect on various facets of control in human life. Each expert reviews his or her field through the lens of perceived control and shows how these insights can be applied in practice.
"In sum, this volume provides a rich array of contributions in the field of control striving; control behavior; control of cognition and emotion; and perceptions of control, many of which are excellent chapters providing insight into interesting approaches and empirical findings."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Basic Aspects and Varieties of Control. J. Brandtstädter, Emotion, Cognition, and Control: Limits of Intentionality. A. Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Foundation of Agency. A.M. Freund, P.B. Baltes, The Orchestration of Selection, Optimization, and Compensation: An Action-Theoretical Conceptualization of a Theory of Developmental Regulation. M. von Cranach, Freedom of the Will--The Basis of Control. Part II: Conscious, Automatic, and Controlled Processes. W. Wippich, Automatic and Controlled Uses of Memory in Social Judgments. M.E. Oswald, V. Gadenne, Are Controlled Processes Conscious? W.J. Perrig, Intuition and Levels of Control: The Non-Rational Way of Reacting, Adapting, and Creating. Part III: Perception, Knowledge, Memory, and Learning. R. Groner, M.T. Groner, The Issue of Control in Sensory and Perceptual Processes: Attention Selects and Modulates the Visual Input. W. Kintsch, The Control of Knowledge Activation in Discourse Comprehension. A. de Ribaupierre, Working Memory and Attentional Control. H. Mandl, C. Gräsel, F. Fischer, Problem-Oriented Learning: Facilitating the Use of Domain-Specific and Control Strategies Through Modeling by an Expert. T.R. Bidell, K.W. Fischer, The Role of Cognitive Structure in the Development of Behavioral Control: A Dynamic Skills Approach. F.P. Büchel, Metacognitive Control in Analogical Reasoning. Part IV: Emotion, Motivation, and Action. K. Scherer, Emotional Expression: A Royal Road for the Study of Behavior Control. M. Perrez, P. Wilhelm, Control Psychology Under the Control of Questionnaires? The Search for an Alternative Assessment Procedure. H. Znoj, K. Grawe, The Control of Unwanted States and Psychological Health: Consistency-Safeguards. J. Kuhl, N. Baumann, Self-Regulation and Rumination: Negative Affect and Impaired Self-Accessibility. U. Peter, R. Kaufmann-Hayoz, The Concept of Control: A Key Concept in Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Responsible Environmental Behavior. Part V: Developmental Perspectives: Stability and Change. A. Grob, Dynamics of Perceived Control Across Adolescence and Adulthood. F.D. Alsaker, The Development of a Depressive Personality Orientation: The Role of the Individual. L. van Leeuwen, F. Kaufmann, D. Walther, Control of Action and Interaction: Perceiving and Producing Effects in Action and Interaction With Objects. W. Edelstein, M. Grundmann, A. Mies, The Development of Internal Versus External Control Beliefs in Developmentally Relevant Contexts of Children's and Adolescents' Lifeworlds. R.K. Silbereisen, M. Wiesner, School-Related Self-Efficacy Among Adolescents From Former East and West Germany: Age Trends, Association With School Performance, and Family Correlates. P. Perrig-Chiello, Control Beliefs, Health, and Well-Being in Elderly. Part VI: Socialization, Systems, and Culture. C.A. Kaiser, A-N. Perret-Clermont, J-F. Perret, Do I Choose? Attribution and Control in Students of a Technical School. J.M. Falomir, G. Mugny, A. Quiamzade, F. Butera, Social Influence and Control Beliefs in Identity Threatening Contexts. R.M. Lerner, C.E. Barton, Adolescents as Agents in the Promotion of Their Positive Development: The Role of Youth Actions in Effective Programs. W. Wicki, Social Control, Perceived Control, and the Family. H. Fend, The Cultural Scripts of Control and Individualization: Consequences for Growing Up During Adolescence in Modern Societies. F. Stoll, P. Notter, Domain-Specific Control Beliefs in Literacy and Numeracy Versus Actual Performance Among Adults. P.M. Hart, A.J. Wearing, Using Employee Opinion Surveys to Identify Control Mechanisms in Organizations. F. Oser, Self-Efficacy and the School System. N. Semmer, Control at Work: Issues of Specificity, Generality, and Legitimacy.