Goal-Directed Behavior

Edited by Henk Aarts, Andrew Elliot

© 2012 – Psychology Press

356 pages | 3 Color Illus. | 17 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781848728738
pub: 2011-10-19
US Dollars$79.00

About the Book

This volume presents chapters from internationally renowned scholars in the area of goals and social behavior. The book is organized around a series of topics that are of critical importance to understanding the social-cognitive aspects of goal-directed behavior. In each chapter, the authors offer an introduction to past research on a specific topic and combine this with a presentation of their own empirical work to provide an integrated overview of the topic at hand. As a whole, this volume is designed to provide a broad portrait of goal research as it has been and is currently being conducted in the social psychological literature. It serves as an introduction to essential issues, while at the same time offering a sampling of cutting-edge research on core topics in the study of goal-directed behavior, such as how goals are represented, where goals come from, and what goals do in the process of regulation.

Table of Contents

G. Moskowitz, The Representation and Regulation of Goals. A.B. Satpute, D. Badre, K.N. Ochsner, The Neuroscience of Goal-directed Behavior. K. Fujita, K.E. MacGregor, Basic Goal Distinctions. P.M. Gollwitzer, H. Barry, G. Oettingen, Needs and Incentives As Sources of Goals. N. Liberman, J. Förster, Goal Gradients, Expectancy, and Value. P. Sheeran, T.L. Webb, From Goals to Action. A. Fishbach, S.R. Finkelstein, How Feedback Influences Persistence, Disengagement, and Change in Goal Pursuit. R. Custers, B. Eitam, J.A. Bargh, Conscious and Unconscious Processes in Goal Pursuit. J.V. Cavallo, G.M. Fitzsimons, Intergoal Dynamics and Self-regulation: Goal Competition, Conflict, Coordination, and Completion. A. Dijksterhuis, H. Aarts, Control, Consciousness, and Agency.

About the Series

Frontiers of Social Psychology

Frontiers of Social Psychology is a new series of domain-specific handbooks. The purpose of each volume is to provide readers with a cutting-edge overview of the most recent theoretical, methodological, and practical developments in a substantive area of social psychology, in greater depth than is possible in general social psychology handbooks. The Editors and contributors are all internationally renowned scholars, whose work is at the cutting-edge of research.

Scholarly, yet accessible, the volumes in the Frontiers series are an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and practitioners, and are suitable as texts in advanced courses in specific sub-areas of social psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology