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The Development of Logic in Adulthood

Postformal Thought and Its Applications


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Jan D. Sinnott
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Theory

  4. Some Research to Support the Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Jan D. Sinnott
      Pages 127-146
    3. Jan D. Sinnott
      Pages 147-160
    4. Jan D. Sinnott
      Pages 177-192
  5. Applications of the Theory of Postformal Thought at Home and in the “Big Picture”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Jan D. Sinnott
      Pages 227-240
    3. Jan D. Sinnott
      Pages 241-253

About this book


In this book Jan D. Sinnott synthesizes her 20 years of research on lifespan cognitive development to describe the growth of complex (or `postformal') thought in adults. She shows specifically how adults improve mentally over a lifetime and learn to think in more complex and wiser ways. Applications of postformal thought are demonstrated in such diverse areas as - family relations - adult education - personal identity - and spirituality. Chapters examine relations between postformal thought and pertinent variables such as age, health, memory, and vocabulary. Other sections deal with issues in humanistic psychology such as - guided imagery - mind - body medicine - and creative intentionality.


Emotion Thought development intervention mind psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Towson UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Development of Logic in Adulthood
  • Book Subtitle Postformal Thought and Its Applications
  • Authors Jan D. Sinnott
  • Series Title The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45723-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3286-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-2911-5
  • Series ISSN 1566-709X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 372
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
    Clinical Psychology
    Cognitive Psychology
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