The Psychology of Goals

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Gordon B. Moskowitz, Heidi Grant
Guilford Press, Jan 16, 2009 - Psychology - 548 pages

Bringing together leading authorities, this tightly edited volume reviews the breadth of current knowledge about goals and their key role in human behavior. Presented are cutting-edge theories and findings that shed light on the ways people select and prioritize goals; how they are pursued; factors that lead to success or failure in achieving particular aims; and consequences for individual functioning and well-being. Thorough attention is given to both conscious and nonconscious processes. The biological, cognitive, affective, and social underpinnings of goals are explored, as is their relationship to other motivational constructs.

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I
25
Chapter 1
27
Chapter 2
56
Chapter 3
77
Chapter 4
98
Chapter 5
127
PART II
151
Chapter 10
257
Chapter 11
277
Chapter 12
304
Chapter 13
337
Chapter 14
362
Chapter 15
392
PART IV
421
Chapter 16
423

Chapter 6
153
Chapter 7
179
Chapter 8
203
Chapter 9
234
PART III
255
Chapter 17
447
Chapter 18
480
Chapter 19
505
Index
534
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About the author (2009)

Gordon B. Moskowitz, PhD, is a social psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University. His research examines the relationship between social cognition and goals, with particular emphasis on the implicit nature of each. Person perception, social judgment, stereotyping, and stereotype control are typically used as the content areas in which these issues are explored. Dr. Moskowitz has received funding from the German Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation to support this research. He is currently investigating the implicit nature of control and self-regulation, with a focus on creativity goals and egalitarian goals and the impact of each on controlling stereotyping.

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Heidi Grant, PhD, is a social psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University. Her primary interest lies in understanding individual responses to setbacks and challenges, and how these responses are shaped by the types of goals pursued. Dr. Grant?s research, funded by the National Science Foundation, has explored how goal content impacts self-regulation, achievement, person perception, persuasion, and well-being. She is currently investigating the impact of goal difficulty and obstacles to the pursuit of achievement goals, and the development of a successful classroom learning goal intervention.

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