Cognition in Close Relationships

Cognition in Close Relationships

Cognition in Close Relationships

Cognition in Close Relationships

Synopsis

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of interest and research on close relationships and social cognition. In both areas, numerous handbooks, textbooks, and journal articles have been published. However, it is the editors' impression that although cognitive theories and concepts have filtered through to research dealing with close relationships, much of this research reflects a relatively untutored understanding of the theoretical and empirical work in social cognition. Conversely, the research literature that provides a more sophisticated perspective on the role of cognition in close relationships typically reveals a relatively limited knowledge of the literature on close relationships.

As researchers who have worked in both social cognitive processes and close relationships, Fletcher and Fincham are convinced that each field has much to offer the other. In fact, their book is based on two important postulates: first, that a social cognitive framework offers a valuable resource for developing our understanding of close relationships; and, second, that studying cognition within close relationships has the potential to inform our understanding of basic social cognitive processes.

Excerpt

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of interest and research on close relationships and on social cognition. In both areas, handbooks have been published, specialist journals have been established, and numerous textbooks and edited books have appeared. However, it is our impression that although cognitive theories and concepts have filtered through to research dealing with close relationships, much of this research reflects a relatively untutored understanding of the theoretical and empirical work in social cognition. Conversely, the research literature that provides a more sophisticated perspective on the role of cognition in close relationships typically reveals a relatively limited knowledge of the literature on close relationships.

As researchers who have worked in both fields (social cognition and close relationships) we are convinced that each has much to offer the other. Indeed, this book is based on two major postulates: first, that a social cognitive framework offers a valuable resource for developing our understanding of close relationships; and, second, that studying cognition within close relationships has the potential to inform our understanding of basic social cognitive processes.

Our mission for this book, therefore, was to provide a forum that would present an up-to-date account of the theoretical and empirical work concerned with the cognitive structures and processes within close relationships. Accordingly, we have included chapters that deal with established areas of inquiry as well as chapters that cover topics at the cutting edge of work that operates at the interface between social cognition and close relationships. Reflecting the interdisciplinary status of the book, most chapters were written by scholars whose dominant areas of specialization are either in social cognition or in close relationships. Indeed, some multiple-author chapters include scholars from each of . . .

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