What is an attitude? How do different research approaches characterise 'attitude' and its applications in social psychology?

The Attitude concept has long formed an indispensable construct in social psychology. In this volume, internationally renowned contributors review contemporary developments in research and theory to capture the current metamorphosis of this central concept.

This book draws together the latest developments in the field to provide a scholarly and accessible overview of the study of attitudes, examining the implications for its position as a paradigm of social psychological understanding. Dividing the subject into two main parts, this book first addresses the structural and behavioural properties of attitudes, including the affective-cognitive structure of attitudes, the nature of attitude ambivalence and intention-behaviour relations. The second section focuses on representational and transformational processes, such as meta-cognitive attitudinal processes, the role of implicit and explicit attitudinal processes, cultural influences and attitude change. In a third, concluding section, the editors draw together these contemporary perspectives and elaborate on their impact for future theorising and research into attitudes.

Empirically supported throughout, this collection represents a timely integration of the burgeoning range of approaches to attitude research. It will be of interest to social psychologists, sociologists, political scientists and researchers with an interest in attitudinal phenomena.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction and overview

ByGeoffrey Haddock, Gregory R. Maio

part |2 pages

Part I Attitudes, attitude properties, and behavior

chapter 1|26 pages

The function-structure model of attitudes

Incorporating the need for affect
ByGregory R. Maio, Victoria M. Esses, Karin H. Arnold, James M. Olson

chapter 2|22 pages

Individual differences in attitude structure

ByGeoffrey Haddock, Thomas L. H. Huskinson

chapter 3|20 pages

A theory about the translation of cognition into affect and behavior

ByDavid Trafimow, Paschal Sheeran

chapter 4|16 pages

Hold still while I measure your attitude: Assessment in the throes of ambivalence STEVEN J. BRECKLER

Assessment in the throes of ambivalence
BySteven J. Breckler

chapter 5|28 pages

Attitude ambivalence in the realm of politics

ByHoward Lavine

chapter 6|24 pages

The effects of attitudinal ambivalence on attention–intention– behavior relations

ByChristopher J. Armitage, Mark Conner

chapter 7|24 pages

Intention–behavior relations

A self-regulation perspective
BySheina Orbell

chapter 8|34 pages

An alternative view of pre-volitional processes in decision making

Conceptual issues and empirical evidence
ByMarco Perugini

part |2 pages

Part II Attitude awareness, attitude representations, and change

chapter 9|22 pages

Self-validation processes

The role of thought confidence in persuasion
ByPablo Briñol, Richard E. Petty

chapter 11|24 pages

The value-account model of attitude formation

ByTilmann Betsch, Henning Plessner, Elke Schallies

chapter 12|24 pages

The relationship between implicit attitudes and behavior

Some lessons from the past, and directions for the future
ByPatrick T. Vargas

chapter 14|20 pages

Putting Humpty together again

Attitude organization from a connectionist perspective
ByJ. Richard Eiser

chapter 15|30 pages

Connectionist modeling of attitudes and cognitive dissonance

ByKaren Jordens, Frank Van Overwalle

chapter 16|24 pages

Investigating attitudes cross-culturally

A case of cognitive dissonance among East Asians and North Americans
ByEtsuko Hoshino-Browne

chapter 17|24 pages

The parametric unimodel as a theory of persuasion

ByArie W. Kruglanski, Ayelet Fishbach, Hans-Peter Erb, Antonio Pierro, Lucia Mannetti

part |2 pages

Part III Some final thoughts

chapter 18|29 pages

Theories of attitude

Creating a witches’ brew
ByGregory R. Maio, Geoffrey Haddock