Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships

Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships

Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships

Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships

Synopsis

Cognition, Communication, and Romantic Relationships focuses on the role of memory, communication, and social cognition in the development of romantic relationships. The authors review developmental models of communication and examine criticisms of these models. They also explore the stages through which relationships escalate and deteriorate, and consider the processes for such activities as meeting new people, dating, sexual intercourse, and terminating relationships. Differences between men and women are discussed throughout the text, in light of current research supporting systematic gender differences in how people think about romance and relationships. As an extended analysis and research review of how thinking about romance influences and is influenced by communicative processes, this text offers a deeper understanding of the cognitive and communicative factors involved in relationship processes. It is designed for use in courses on interpersonal relationships and intimate relations in social psychology, communication, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, and sociology.

Excerpt

This series from Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (LEA) is intended to review the progress in the academic work on relationships with respect of a broad array of issues and to do so in a manner that is accessible and illustrates its practical value. The LEA series also includes books intended to pass on the accumulated scholarship to the next generation of students and to those who deal with relationship issues in the broader world beyond the academy. The series thus comprises not only monographs and other academic resources exemplifying the multidisciplinary nature of this area, but also textbooks suitable for use in the growing number of courses on relationships.

As it grows, the series will provide a comprehensive and current survey of theory and research in personal relationships through the careful analysis of the problems encountered, and solved, in research, and it will also consider the systematic application of that work in a practical context. These resources are intended to be not only comprehensive assessments of progress on particular topics, but also significant influences on the future directions and development of the study of personal relationships. Although each volume will be focused and centered, authors will place the particular topics in the broader context of other research on relationships in a range of disciplinary traditions. The series will thus not only offer incisive and forward-looking reviews, but also demonstrate the broader theoretical implications of relationships for the range of disciplines from which the research originates. Series volumes will include original studies, review of relevant theory and research, and new theories oriented toward the understanding of personal relationships, both in themselves and . . .

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