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The Psychology of Action: Linking Cognition and Motivation to Behavior Hardcover – January 22, 1996
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"The artificial separation of cognition and motivation was an unfortunate by-product of the demise of grand theories in psychology. This book takes a large step toward re-integrating these constructs. It does more, however: it integrates the new with old. Although the scholarship that enlightens these chapters is impressive in its currency, the underlying issues addressed--the role of consciousness in life, the operation of choice and will in action, the basically functional nature of behavior--take us back to our roots in the great age of the classical approaches." --Russell G. Geen, Ph.D., Curators' Professor of Psychology, University of Missouri
"The aspiration of the editors implied in the title of this important volume--to find a link between action and cognition--is as admirable as it is risky. For decades, cognition has relied heavily on the computer model of the mind, and like the computer, had no conceptual instruments to allow for derivations about behavior and action. Action could be modeled in the robotics. But the robot that engages in motion requires an external source of energy, independent of the software that runs it. This is not so in the case of living organisms where `software' and `hardware' are intimately interlaced. The editors are to be congratulated for taking the risk and achieving a most promising breakthrough in the search for a conceptual union between cognition and action." --Robert B. Zajonc, Ph.D.
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Moving beyond the traditional, and unproductive, rivalry between the fields of motivation and cognition, this book integrates the two domains to shed new light on the control of goal-directed action. The editors have assembled renowned social and motivational psychologists who present concise formulations of the latest research programs that are effectively mapping the territory, providing new findings and suggesting innovative strategies for future research. Taken together, the contributions in this provocative volume lay the groundwork for a new field - the psychology of action. Designed to elicit lively, in-depth classroom discussion, the text will enrich the knowledge of graduate students, researchers, and educators.
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