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Discussant Chapter: Part III Knowledge Structures in Developing Relationships: Progress and Pitfalls

Contributors to this volume were given the aim of juxtaposing two themes: close relationships and knowledge structures. Accomplishing this task, by itself, is no small feat. The whole idea of knowledge structures originated in cognitive psychology, where research and theory on social cognition has been extensive. Yet, from the perspective of those of us who do work on close relationships, with its emphasis on the ways that partners are interconnected both behaviorally and cognitively, the work coming out of cognitive psychology seems decidedly nonsocial. What do we really know about the role of knowledge structures in close relationships? Although answers to this question are accumulating rapidly, the sum total of information about this topic is meager.