The Content, Structure, and Operation of Thought Systems: Advances in Social Cognition, Volume IV

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1991-09-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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If anyone deserves the title "father of social cognition," it is William J. McGuire who, along with his wife and colleague Claire V. McGuire, has written the target article for this volume. The culmination of many years of work, the article discusses their highly developed theory of human thought systems, and establishes many new directions for theoretical and empirical inquiry. Equally important, however, are the chapters -- written from many different theoretical and empirical perspectives -- that challenge various assumptions underlying the McGuires' work. In addition to examining implications not explicitly considered in the target article, these contributions explore the new directions that future research and theorizing might take.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Content, Structure, and Operation of Thought Systemsp. 1
Referencesp. 76
Attitudes and Thought Systemsp. 79
Conclusionsp. 85
Referencesp. 86
Free Association and the Representation of Complex Cognitive Structuresp. 87
Referencesp. 95
Conscious Representation and Thought Systemsp. 97
Referencesp. 116
The Three Ironies of the Mcguires' Theory of Thought Systemsp. 121
Referencesp. 127
Beyond Local Cognitive Processes: Imprinting a Systems Approach to Social Cognitionp. 129
Referencesp. 139
Comment on Mcguire and Mcguire's ""Thought Systems""p. 143
Referencesp. 146
Thought Systems, Argument Quality, and Persuasionp. 147
Referencesp. 159
Conclusionsp. 159
Acknowledgementp. 159
By Their Fruits Shall You Know Them? The Measurement of Public Opinion and the Content, Structure, and Operation of Thought Systemsp. 163
Referencesp. 172
Thought Systems for the Past as Well as for the Futurep. 173
Concluding Remakrsp. 191
Referencesp. 192
Some Thoughts About Thought Systemsp. 197
Referencesp. 201
The Construction and Use of Thought Systems: Some Theoretical Ambiguitiesp. 203
Acknowledgementsp. 212
Referencesp. 212
Homage to Our Critics: A Dialectical Collaborationp. 215
Referencesp. 264
Author Indexp. 267
Subject Indexp. 275
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