Motivational Analyses of Social Behavior: Building on Jack Brehm's Contributions to Psychology

Motivational Analyses of Social Behavior: Building on Jack Brehm's Contributions to Psychology

Motivational Analyses of Social Behavior: Building on Jack Brehm's Contributions to Psychology

Motivational Analyses of Social Behavior: Building on Jack Brehm's Contributions to Psychology

Synopsis

This book honors Jack W. Brehm's contributions to psychology, all of which revolve around a central theme of motivation and social behavior. It begins with two personal chapters and then presents a collection of cutting-edge, substantive chapters authored by researchers whose work Brehm has strongly influenced. It concludes with a chapter by Jack Brehm that reflects on the field of psychology, discusses a new theory of social influence, and offers ideas about the direction in which our understanding of human behavior could move. Motivational Analyses of Social Behavior will be of value to research scientists, educators, and practitioners interested in social motivational, processes and those who developed major theories in this area. Interested readers would include, but not be limited to, individuals specializing in social, clinical, organizational, personality, health, and motivational psychology, and psychophysiology. The book would also be ideal for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses concerned with social motivation and the history of psychology.

Excerpt

This book honors Jack Brehm's contributions to psychology. Jack is best known for his work on dissonance theory, reactance theory, and the intensity ofmotivation. These scientific contributions all revolve around acentral theme of motivation and social behavior. And it is this theme that forms the major topicaddressed by the substantive chapters of this book.

The idea of a festschrift for Jack has been floating about for sometime. As best we can tell, it first was expressed over a decade ago when various of Jack's students and colleagues gathered in Lawrence, Kansas, to celebrate Jack's 60th birthday. The birthday event becameknown informally as “Jackfest” and was followed by a similar event(“Jackfest II”) organized when Jack retiredfromhis regularfaculty position at the University of Kansas. Once the second “fest” was concluded, it was clear that a written festschrift would be forthcoming. The only uncertainties werewhen the volume would appear and who would contribute to it. Weare delighted to have been able to participate as editorsand authors, and we wantto thank all the contributors for their fine contributions and eagerness to be involvedin this project.

This volume reflects Jack's influence, personally as well as professionally. It beginswith two personal chapters, onewritten by us and theother written by oneof Jack's oldest friends in academia, Peter Schönbach. Our chapter provides a brief overview of Jack's academiclifeand accomplishments, and conveys somethingof what it has been like for us to know and workwith Jack. Peter's chapterdescribes hisown early experiences with . . .

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