Title Cognitive Dissonance, 2/e
Subtitle Reexamining a Pivotal Theory in Psychology
Author Eddie Harmon-Jones
ISBN 9781433830105
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 304
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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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.



Foreword to the First Edition

Foreword to the Second Edition


Chapter 1. An Introduction to Cognitive Dissonance Theory and an Overview of Current Perspectives on the Theory (Eddie Harmon-Jones and Judson Mills)


Part I. Perspectives Employing the Original Version of the Theory

Chapter 2. Improving the 1957 Version of Dissonance Theory (Judson Mills)

Chapter 3. A Radical Point of View on Dissonance Theory (Jean-Leon Beauvois and Robert-Vincent Joule)

Chapter 4. Understanding the Motivation Underlying Dissonance Effects: The Action-Based Model (Eddie Harmon-Jones and Cindy Harmon-Jones)

Chapter 5. What Is Cognitive Consistency, and Why Does It Matter? (Bertram Gawronski and Skylar M. Brannon)

Chapter 6. Dissonance Now: How Accessible Discrepancies Moderate Distress and Diverse Defenses (Ian McGregor, Ian R. Newby-Clark, and Mark P. Zanna)


Part II. The Role of the Self in Dissonance

Chapter 7. Dissonance, Hypocrisy, and the Self-Concept (Elliot Aronson)

Chapter 8. Self-Affirmation Theory: An Update and Appraisal (Joshua Aronson, Geoffrey Cohen and Paul R. Nail)

Chapter 9. In Search of the Motivation for Dissonance Reduction: The Drive to Lessen Aversive Consequences (Joel Cooper)


Part III. Mathematical Models, Neural Activations, and Affective Responses

Chapter 10. Modeling Cognitive Dissonance as a Parallel Constraint Satisfaction Network With Learning (Stephen J. Read and Brian M. Monroe)

Chapter 11. Neural Basis of Cognitive Dissonance (Keize Izuma and Kou Murayrama)

Chapter 12. Moving Beyond Attitude Change in the Study of Dissonance-Related Processes: An Update on the Role of Discomfort (Patricia G. Devine, John M. Tauer, Kenneth E. Barron, Andrew J. Eliot, Kristen M. Vance, and Eddie Harmon-Jones)

Appendix A. Social Communication and Cognition: A Very Preliminary and Highly Tentative Draft  (Leon Festinger) (1954)

Appendix B. Reflections on Cognitive Dissonance: 30 Years Later (Leon Festinger) (1987)

Appendix C. Historical Test on Festinger’s Tests on Dissonance Theory (Judson Mills)

About the Editor

About the Editor:

Eddie Harmon-Jones, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1995 and has been teaching at University of New South Wales 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.

Target Audience:.

This book is intended for students and academicians of psychology.


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