© 1993

Control Motivation and Social Cognition

  • Gifford Weary
  • Faith Gleicher
  • Kerry L. Marsh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Control Motivation: Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Models of Perceived Control

  4. Effects of Perceived Control on Social Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Thane S. Pittman
      Pages 157-175
    3. Michael J. Strube, John H. Yost
      Pages 220-254
    4. Gifford Weary, Kerry L. Marsh, Faith Gleicher, John A. Edwards
      Pages 255-287
  5. Conclusions and Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Richard M. Sorrentino
      Pages 291-322
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 323-344

About this book


Over the past two decades theorists and researchers have given increasing attention to the effects, both beneficial and harmful, of various control­ related motivations and beliefs. People's notions of how much personal control they have or desire to have over important events in their lives have been used to explain a host of performance and adaptational outcomes, including motivational and performance deficits associated with learned helplessness (Abramson, Seligman, & Teasdale, 1978) and depression (Abramson, Metalsky, & Alloy, 1989), adaptation to aging (Baltes & Baltes, 1986; Rodin, 1986), cardiovascular disease (Matthews, 1982), cancer (Sklar & Anisman, 1979), increased reports of physical symptoms (Pennebaker, 1982), enhanced learning (Savage, Perlmutter, & Monty, 1979), achievement-related behaviors (Dweck & Licht, 1980; Ryckman, 1979), and post abortion adjustment (Mueller & Major, 1989). The notion that control motivation plays a fundamental role in a variety of basic, social psychological processes also has a long historical tradition. A number of theorists (Heider, 1958; Jones & Davis, 1965; Kelley, 1967), for example, have suggested that causal inferences arise from a desire to render the social world predictable and controllable. Similarly, control has been implicated as an important mediator of cognitive dissonance (Wicklund & Brehm, 1976) and attitude phenomena (Brehm & Brehm, 1981; Kiesler, Collins, & Miller, 1969). Despite the apparent centrality of control motivation to a variety of social psychological phenomena, until recently there has been relatively little research explicitly concerned with the effects of control motivation on the cognitive processes underlying such phenomena (cf.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gifford Weary
    • 1
  • Faith Gleicher
    • 2
  • Kerry L. Marsh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Control Motivation and Social Cognition
  • Editors Gifford Weary
    Faith Gleicher
    Kerry L. Marsh
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-94010-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-8311-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-8309-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 344
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
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