© 1985

Action Control

From Cognition to Behavior

  • Julius Kuhl
  • Jürgen Beckmann

Part of the SSSP Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Julius Kuhl, Jürgen Beckmann
      Pages 1-8
  3. Cognitive and Motivational Determinants of Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Arie W. Kruglanski, Yechiel Klar
      Pages 41-60
    3. Peter M. Gollwitzer, Robert A. Wicklund
      Pages 61-85
  4. Self-Regulatory Processes and Action Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Julius Kuhl, Jürgen Beckmann
      Pages 89-100
    3. Jürgen Beckmann, Martin Irle
      Pages 129-150
    4. Claudia Herrmann, Camille B. Wortman
      Pages 151-180
  5. Problem-Solving and Performance Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Rainer H. Kluwe, Gunnar Friedrichsen
      Pages 183-218
    3. Dietrich Dörner
      Pages 219-235
    4. Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier
      Pages 237-265
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-288

About this book


"It is not thought as such that can move anything, but thought which is for the sake of something and is practical." This discerning insight, which dates back more than 2000years to Aristotle, seems to have been ignored by most psycholo­ gists. For more than 40years theories of human action have assumed that cogni­ tion and action are merely two sides of the same coin. Approaches as different as S-O-R behaviorism,social learning theory, consistency theories,and expectancy­ value theories of motivation and decision making have one thing in common: they all assume that "thought (or any other type of cognition) can move any­ thing," that there is a direct path from cognition to behavior. In recent years, we have become more and more aware of the complexities in­ volved in the relationship between cognition and behavior. People do not always do what they intend to do. Aside from several nonpsychological factors capable of reducing cognition-behavior consistency, there seems to be a set of complex psychological mechanisms which intervene between action-related cognitions, such as beliefs, expectancies, values, and intentions,and the enactment of the be­ havior suggested by those cognitions. In our recent research we have focused on volitional mechanismus which presumably enhance cognition-behavior consistency by supporting the main­ tenance of activated intentions and prevent them from being pushed aside by competing action tendencies.


Action behavior cognition learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Julius Kuhl
    • 1
  • Jürgen Beckmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für psychologische ForschungMünchen 40Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Action Control
  • Book Subtitle From Cognition to Behavior
  • Editors Julius Kuhl
    Jürgen Beckmann
  • Series Title SSSP Springer Series in Social Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-13445-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-69748-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-69746-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
    Behavioral Sciences
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