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Cognitive Dissonance: Reexamining a Pivotal Theory in Psychology 2ed

by Eddie Harmon-Jones American Psychological Association
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What mental process occurs when a person does something she knows is unhealthy? When an honest person tells a "white lie," what happens to his or her sense of integrity? If we must choose between two equally attractive options, why does our value judgement of the options change after the choice has been made?

In 1954 Dr. Leon Festinger first posited a theory of cognitive dissonance to describe the psychological phenomenon that occurs in these situations. In the years since, cognitive dissonance has become a central pillar of psychological theory, as was documented in the first edition of this book.  In this new and fully-updated edition, editor Eddie Harmon-Jones brings the study of cognitive dissonance into the twenty-first century.  Contributors survey recent discoveries about the role dissonance plays in a variety of information processes, as well as connections between dissonance processes and other motivational processes.  Other authors introduce mathematical and action-based models that summarize how dissonance works.  Evidence describing the neural correlates of dissonance are also provided, helping demonstrate the biological foundations of the theory.    

I. Perspectives Employing the Original Version of the Theory
2.Improving the 1957 Version of Dissonance Theory
3.A Radical Point of View on Dissonance Theory
4.Understanding the Motivation Underlying Dissonance Effects: The Action-Based Model
5.What Is Cognitive Consistency, and Why Does It Matter?
6.Dissonance Now: How Accessible Discrepancies Moderate Distress and Diverse Defenses

II. The Role of the Self in Dissonance
7.Dissonance, Hypocrisy, and the Self-Concept
8.Self-Affirmation Theory: An Update and Appraisal
9.In Search of the Motivation for Dissonance Reduction: The Drive to Lessen Aversive Consequences

III. Mathematical Models, Neural Activations, and Affective Responses
10.Modeling Cognitive Dissonance as a Parallel Constraint Satisfaction Network With Learning
11.Neural Basis of Cognitive Dissonance
12.Moving Beyond Attitude Change in the Study of Dissonance-Related Processes: An Update on the Role of Discomfort

Cognitive Dissonance is a must-read for anyone studying social psychology. Now in its second edition, this work continues to show the utility of Festinger’s seminal theory but also modernizes it and, perhaps, expands on it…. Highly recommended.” —Choice
Eddie Harmon-Jones, Ph.D, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1995 and has been teaching at UNSW since 2012.


Dr. Harmon-Jones is a well-known expert in the field of social neuroscience, cognitive dissonance, and the motivating aspects of emotions. He is widely published and has earned numerous honors for his contributions to the field. Dr. Harmon-Jones lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Visit href="">, and follow @eddiehj68.