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The Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology is an essential resource for researchers and students of social psychology and related disciplines.

Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Cognitive dissonance theory

Cognitive dissonance theory has been a major pillar of social psychology for decades. In this chapter, I discuss some of the reasons that Festinger's straightforward proposition about the relationship among cognitions created the pointed controversy that propelled it into the forefront of the discipline. Theories with the broad approach of cognitive dissonance often need modification and this chapter traces that journey. I then present the New Look and Self-Standards models that attempted to integrate extant data and changed our understanding of the motivational foundation that underlies dissonance. Current perspectives on cognitive dissonance focused on vicarious dissonance arousal by which individuals experience dissonance based on the behavior of fellow group members. Finally, the chapter examines the potential use of personal cognitive ...

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