Attitude Structure and Function

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Anthony R. Pratkanis, Steven J. Breckler, Anthony G. Greenwald
Psychology Press, Mar 18, 2014 - Psychology - 472 pages
Utilizing "new wave" research including new psychological theories, new statistical techniques, and a stronger methodology, this collection unites a diversity of recent research perspectives on attitudes and the psychological functions of an attitude. The objective of the editors was to bring together the bits and pieces of validated data into one systematic and adequate set of general principles leading to the view of attitudes as predictions. As the volume reformulates old concepts, explores new angles, and seeks a relationship among various sub-areas, it also shows improvements in the sophistication of research designs and methodologies, the specifications of variables, and the precision in defining concepts.

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1 Why are Attitudes Important?
2 Interdependence of Attitude Theory and Measurement
3 The Structure of Individual Attitudes and Attitude Systems
4 The Cognitive Representation of Attitudes
Effects of Political Expertise and Attitude Importance
6 Structure and Function in Political Belief Systems
The Role of Attitude Accessibility
From the Tripartite to the Homeostasis Model of Attitudes
12 Operationalizing Functional Theories of Attitude
Lessons From Personality and Social Behavior
A Functional Perspective
15 Need for Structure in Attitude Formation and Expression
Once More With Feeling
Defining Attitude and Attitude Theory 20 Years Later
Author Index

The Role of Stereotypes and Personal Beliefs
9 Attitudes Decisions and Habits as Determinants of Repeated Behavior
10 Attitude Structure and Behavior

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