A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance
Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance has been widely recognized for its important and influential concepts in areas of motivation and social psychology. The theory of dissonance is here applied to the problem of why partial reward, delay of reward , and effort expenditure during training result in increased resistance to extinction.
The author contends that a state of impasse exists within learning theory largely because some of its major assumptions stand in apparent opposition to cetain well-established experimental results. The book puts forward a new theory that seems to reconcile these data and assumptions. This new theory can account for data with which other theories have difficulty: it integrates empirical phenomena that have been regarded as unrelated, and it is supported by the results of experiments designed specifically to test its implications. These experiments are fully described in the text.
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Well, it's a flipping epistemological clusterfuck, isn't it - rigorous empiricism gets a lot less rigorous as its data are mediated. You end up saying "trust us, we're rigorous empiricists" to people ... Read full review
Clearly from a dated perspective (I'm reading this in 2020) but provides insightful knowledge on cognitive dissonance. Good for any social psychologist studying prejudice.