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Festinger, Leon 1919-1989

Works: 119 works in 707 publications in 8 languages and 11,653 library holdings
Genres: History  Prophecies  Case studies  Forecasts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Compiler, Director, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: HM251, 302
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A theory of cognitive dissonance by Leon Festinger( Book )

107 editions published between 1957 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 2,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaum eine Theorie hat innerhalb der Psychologie und besonders innerhalb der Sozialpsychologie derart umfangreiche Forschungen angeregt und Kontroversen ausgelöst: Leon Festingers erstmals 1957 publizierte Theorie der Kognitiven Dissonanz wurde inzwischen in unzähligen Experimenten bestätigt und von Psychologen weltweit weiterentwickelt. Sie gilt zurecht als ein Meilenstein der modernen Psychologie
When prophecy fails by Leon Festinger( Book )

77 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We have all experienced the futility of trying to change a strong conviction, especially if the convinced person has some investment in his belief. We are familiar with the variety of ingenious defenses with which people protect their convictions, managing to keep them unscathed through the most devastating attacks. But man's resourcefulness goes beyond simply protecting a belief. Suppose an individual believes something with his whole heart; suppose further that he has a commitment to this belief, that he has taken irrevocable actions because of it; finally, suppose that he is presented with evidence, unequivocal and undeniable evidence, that his belief is wrong: what will happen? The individual will frequently emerge, not only unshaken, but even more convinced of the truth of his beliefs than ever before. Indeed, he may even show a new fervor about convincing and converting other people to his view. How and why does such a response to contradictory evidence come about? This is the question on which this book focuses. We hope that, by the end of the volume, we will have provided an adequate answer to the question, an answer documented by data
Social pressures in informal groups : a study of human factors in housing by Leon Festinger( Book )

75 editions published between 1950 and 1983 in English and French and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conflict, decision, and dissonance by Leon Festinger( Book )

38 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The human legacy by Leon Festinger( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and German and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deterrents and reinforcement; the psychology of insufficient reward by Douglas H Lawrence( Book )

19 editions published between 1962 and 1974 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retrospections on social psychology( Book )

11 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extending psychological frontiers : selected works of Leon Festinger by Leon Festinger( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing attitudes through social contact : an experimental study of a housing project by Leon Festinger( Book )

18 editions published between 1951 and 1985 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theory and experiment in social communication by University of Michigan( Book )

27 editions published between 1950 and 2009 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book compiles findings from the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan. The members of this group conducted a program of research, including two field studies and a number of laboratory experiments, in the area of social communication. This compilation presents the reports of the laboratory studies together with a theoretical orientation of the work that has been done. These studies have centered mainly on two sets of problems, namely, communication stemming from pressures toward uniformity in groups and communication in hierarchical structures. The reports of the experiments in this compilation are along these lines. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)
L'Echec d'une prophétie : psychologie sociale d'un groupe de fidèles qui prédisaient la fin du monde by Leon Festinger( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Méthodes de recherche dans les sciences sociales ... by Leon Festinger( Book )

10 editions published between 1959 and 1974 in French and Spanish and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teoria della dissonanza cognitiva by Leon Festinger( Book )

12 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in Italian and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il 15 gennaio 1934 uno spaventoso terremoto sconvolse la provincia indiana del Bihar. Per qualche tempo, nelle regioni vicine a quella colpita, si diffusero voci allarmistiche che predicevano nuovi e peggiori disastri. Queste voci, raccolte da Prasad, circa vent'anni dopo dovevano cadere sotto gli occhi di Leon Festinger che era allora impegnato nel lavoro di ordinare e integrare teoricamente la grande quantità di dati che erano stati sino ad allora raccolti nel campo della comunicazione e dell'influenza sociale. L'esame dei dati di Prasad costituì la molla da cui doveva nascere la teoria della dissonanza cognitiva. Come mai, si chiese Festinger, in una situazione del genere potevano nascere e diffondersi così facilmente delle voci terrorizzanti? Non sarebbe stato più logico che tra quelle popolazioni, già in preda al terrore, nascessero invece delle voci che tendessero a ridurre la paura? La risposta di Festinger è che queste voci non erano destinate a provocare paura, bensì a giustificare quella che già la gente aveva. Esisteva cioè una discordanza tra quanto queste persone, non direttamente colpite dal terremoto, vedevano attorno a loro, e la paura che provavano e che non era giustificata da quanto vedevano. A questa discordanza tra elementi cognitivi (intendendo per elemento cognitivo ogni conoscenza, opinione o credenza che un individuo o un gruppo ha su se stesso o sul mondo che lo circonda) venne dato il nome di dissonanza cognitiva
When prophecy fails : a social and psychological study of a modern group that predicted the destination of the world by Leon Festinger( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The behaviour of a small group of people who believe that they have been forewarned of the impending end of the world would be dismissed by many social scientists as interesting but hardly researchable. The authors of this book are to be commended, not only for undertaking a difficult task, but for doing it remarkably well...Using the participant observer method, this research team collected an impressive body of data in the brief span of two months. Their research resulted in convincing, if not definitive, confirmation of their hypotheses. At the same time, it constitutes a stimulating example of the adaptation of method to a significant subject, rather than the selection of the research topic because it fits the latest fads in methodology." [American Sociological Review]
Efference and the conscious experience of perception, by Leon Festinger [et al by Leon Festinger( Book )

8 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social pressures in informal groups by Leon Festinger( Book )

3 editions published between 1950 and 1963 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When prophecy fails : a social and psychological study of a modern group that predicted the destruction of the world by Leon Festinger( Book )

10 editions published between 1956 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study reported in this volume grew out of some theoretical work, one phase of which bore specifically on the behavior of individuals in social movements that made specific (and unfulfilled) prophecies. We had been forced to depend chiefly on historical records to judge the adequacy of our theoretical ideas until we by chance discovered the social movement that we report in this book. At the time we learned of it, the movement was in mid-career but the prophecy about which it was centered had not yet been disconfirmed. We were understandably eager to undertake a study that could test our th
Teoría de la disonancia cognoscitiva by Leon Festinger( )

2 editions published in 1975 in Spanish and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leon Festinger : a sixty minute interview by Christopher Riche Evans( Recording )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Deviancy; the psychology of being different by Jonathan L Freedman( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deviancy: The Psychology of Being Different discusses the effects of deviancy on behavior. The book describes the effect of deviancy per se, in no reference to any particular deviant characteristic. The authors explain the methods they used in this study, as well as some checks made on the study to insure accuracy. Deviants prefer to associate with others of their kind due to fear of rejection, and they tended not to reveal their deviancy. The authors also discuss how deviants and non-deviants react and treat each other, and the degree of aggression that will be shown to a member of either gro
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Alternative Names
Festinger, L.

Leon Festinger American psychologist

Leon Festinger Amerikaans psycholoog (1919-1989)

Leon Festinger psicologo e sociologo statunitense

Leon Festinger psychosociologue américain

Leon Festinger US-amerikanischer Sozialpsychologe

Леон Фестингър

Леон Фестінґер

Фестингер, Леон

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לאון פסטינגר

ليون فستنغر

ليون فستنغر عالم نفس أمريكي

لئون فستینقر

لئون فستینگر

لەۆن فەستنگەر

페스틴거, 레온 1919-1989

페스팅거, 레온 1919-1989

フェスティンガー, L

フェスティンガー, レオン



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Italian (12)

German (10)

Japanese (4)

Spanish (4)

Chinese (2)

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