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What Might Have Been : the Social Psychology of Counterfactual Thinking.

Author: Neal J Roese; James M Olson
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Within a few short years, research on counterfactual thinking has mushroomed, establishing itself as one of the signature domains within social psychology. Counterfactuals are thoughts of what might have been, of possible past outcomes that could have taken place. Counterfactuals and their implications for perceptions of time and causality have long fascinated philosophers, but only recently have social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Roese, Neal J.
What Might Have Been : The Social Psychology of Counterfactual Thinking.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neal J Roese; James M Olson
ISBN: 9781317780465 1317780469 9781317780472 1317780477
OCLC Number: 868490485
Description: 1 online resource (758 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; 1 Counterfactual Thinking: A Critical Overview; 2 Counterfactual Constraints; 3 Individual Differences in Counterfactual Thinking; 4 Comparison Processes in Counterfactual Thought; 5 Living in Neither the Best Nor Worst of All Possible Worlds: Antecedents and Consequences of Upward and Downward Counterfactual Thinking; 6 Functions of Counterfactual Thinking; 7 Dysfunctional Implications of Counterfactual Thinking: When Alternatives to Reality Fail Us; 8 Through a Glass Darkly: Worldviews, Counterfactual Thought, and Emotion. 9 Some Counterfactual Determinants of Satisfaction and Regret10 With an Eye Toward the Future: The Impact of Counterfactual Thinking on Affect, Attitudes, and Behavior; 11 Counterfactual Thought, Regret, and Superstition: How to Avoid Kicking Yourself; 12 Counterfactual and Contrastive Reasoning in Explanations for Performance: Implications for Gender Bias; 13 Counterfactual Thinking and Coping With Traumatic Life Events; 14 Varieties of Counterfactual Thinking; Author Index; Subject Index.

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Within a few short years, research on counterfactual thinking has mushroomed, establishing itself as one of the signature domains within social psychology. Counterfactuals are thoughts of what might have been, of possible past outcomes that could have taken place. Counterfactuals and their implications for perceptions of time and causality have long fascinated philosophers, but only recently have social psychologists made them the focus of empirical inquiry. Following the publication of Kahneman and Tversky's seminal 1982 paper, a burgeoning literature has implicated counterfactual thi.

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