Cognition and Motivation

Cognition and Motivation : Forging an Interdisciplinary Perspective

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This collection examines the many internal and external factors affecting cognitive processes. Editor Shulamith Kreitler brings together a wide range of international contributors to produce an outstanding assessment of recent research in the field. These contributions go beyond the standard approach of examining the effects of motivation and emotion to consider the contextual factors that may influence cognition. These broad and varied factors include personality, genetics, mental health, biological evolution, culture and social context. By contextualizing cognition, this volume draws out the practical applications of theoretical cognitive research while bringing separate areas of scholarship into meaningful dialogue.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 26 b/w illus. 6 tables
  • 1139786075
  • 9781139786072

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"...encourage readers to explore how both internal and external motivational factors influence a variety of cognitive processes.... The book's 22 essays are written by an international roster of recognized researchers, and they push motivation's and cognition's respective conceptual boundaries in new directions.... Researchers are apt to find thought-provoking connections to their own work, and less experienced readers will have a new look at established topics. A fine resource... Recommended..."
--D. S. Dunn, Moravian College, CHOICE "...Cognition and Motivation: Forging an Interdisciplinary Perspective contains chapters by Shulamith Kreitler and some of the better known workers in the field of cognition and motivation. The book is every bit as worthwhile as her earlier books with Hans Kreitler and deserves a wide readership.... There are 22 chapters by authors from a variety of countries, representing a truly international spectrum of scholarship.... there is something for everyone here. Most of the chapters are quite brief, offering an introduction to a particular aspect of the cognition-motivation interface. It is not possible to select some chapters that are more useful than others. All are presented at a high level and for the most part are quite readable."
--Dr. John Benjafield, professor emeritus at Brock University, PsycCRITIQUES
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Table of contents

Foreword Jerome Bruner; Introduction Shulamith Kreitler; Part I. Explanatory Concepts and Contexts: 1. The role of epistemic motivations in knowledge formation Arie W. Kruglanski and Anna Sheveland; 2. The structure and dynamics of cognitive orientation: a motivational approach to cognition Shulamith Kreitler; 3. Personality and cognition Phillip L. Ackerman; 4. Cognition in the context of psychopathology: a selective review Josef Zihl, Nicole Szesny and Thomas Nickel; 5. The impact of anxiety on cognitive performance Michael W. Eysenck; 6. Biological foundations: the SEEKING system as an affective source for motivation and cognition Jeff Stewart and Jaak Panksepp; 7. Motivation, cognition and emotion: a phylogenetic-interdisciplinary approach Manfred Wimmer; 8. The social and cultural context of cognition: a knowledge perspective Evelyn Au, Wendy Wan and Chi-yue Chiu; 9. Biological models of organisms and their evolutionary change: their importance for epistemology and different cultural traditions Karl Edlinger; 10. What do genes have to do with cognition? Wendy Johnson; 11. Brain, behavior and cognition Norbert Jausovec and Ksenija Jausovec; 12. Physical health and cognition Shulamith Kreitler, Kineret Weissler and Frida Barak; Part II. Domains of Cognition in Context: 13. Motivation, goals, thinking and problem solving K. J. Gilhooly and E. Fioratou; 14. Motivation and heuristic thinking Dan Zakay and Dida Fleisig; 15. Motivation, decision theory and human decision making Ola Svenson; 16. Cognitive science and knowledge management: reflecting the limits of decision making Rainer P. Born and Eva Gatarik; 17. Interest and cognition: the case of L- and science Ola Svenson; 18. Metacognition, motivation, and affect in the school context: metacognitive experiences in the regulation of learning Anastasia Efklides; 19. Motivation in language Klaus-Uwe Panther; 20. Intelligence and cognitive exceptionality Edward Ziegler; 21. How conscious thought, imagination and fantasy may relate to cognition and motivation Jerome L. Singer and Dorothy G. Singer; 22. Creativity and motivation Mark A. Runco and David McGarva; Index.
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About Shulamith Kreitler

Shulamith Kreitler is a Professor of Psychology at Tel Aviv University. Her work focuses on the cognitive foundations of meaning, creativity and personality, as well as psycho-oncology and behavior disorders. In addition to her work at Tel Aviv University, Professor Kreitler teaches regularly at the University of Haifa and leads the psycho-oncology research program at the Sheba Medical Center.
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