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By Adrian Furnham

How diverse are males and women's brains? Does altruism relatively exist? Are our minds clean slates at start? And do goals demonstrate our subconscious desires?

If you've you ever grappled with those techniques, or attempted your hand as an novice psychologist, 50 Psychology rules you really want to understand may be simply the ebook for you. not just offering the solutions to those questions and lots of extra, this sequence of attractive and available essays explores all the crucial strategies, in addition to the arguments of key thinkers. writer Adrian Furnham bargains professional and concise introductions to emotional behaviour, cognition, psychological stipulations -- from pressure to schizophrenia -- rationality and character improvement, among many others.This is an engaging creation to psychology for a person drawn to figuring out the human brain.

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Petty & Cacioppo’s elaboration likelihood model (1986) Shows that attitude change occurs as a result of persuasion, but that the effect this has depends on the degree of cognitive effort applied to the message. If it requires much effort a “central route” is used, which involves understanding the argument, picking up on the most important points and considering a balanced argument. When the message requires little effort, then a “peripheral route” is used. Personal involvement, accountability and negative mood all increase message elaboration, as do individual differences in the need for cognition (engagement and enjoyment in thinking about problems).

Thus it occurs because of: • Dissonance: attitudes change when ther e is an inconsistency in attitudes or beliefs held (see Festinger above). • Persuasion: the characteristics of the person pr esenting the message, its content and the characteristics of the r eceiver influence the persuasibility and possibility of attitude change. Accor ding to Hovland, Janis and Kelley (1953), thr ee general variables (the communication sour ce, message and audience) ar e involved in persuasion and ther e are four steps in the pr ocess of attitude change: attention, compr ehension, acceptance and r etention.

Therefore the purpose of an attitude is to help people make sense of the world and decisions, and so they aim to guide our reactions and interpretations of events. Attitude Structure • One component : attitudes ar e simply made up of a feeling towar ds an object – a positive or negative evaluation of it. • Two components : an attitude is a mental state of r eadiness and ther efore guides some evaluation or r esponse towar ds an object. • Three components : attitudes include feelings (af fective), behaviour (actions) and cognitions (thoughts).

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