Emotion, Intention, Health, Goal Clarity, and Other Factors in Postformal Thought

  • Jan D. Sinnott
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Age was not the perfect predictor of postformal thought. It was time, then, to examine some other factors that might reasonably be related to use of postformal thought and to try some experimental manipulations of the use of postformal operations. This chapter examines a few of the more interesting correlational, experimental, and case study results of this further work. Several research questions are addressed in this chapter. First, do physical health variables such as health or other cognitive variables such as memory and vocabulary relate to postformal operations? Second, how do traditional problem-solving variables such as goal clarity and heuristic availability relate to postformal thought during problem solving? Third, how do manipulations of problem context, use of probe questions, emotion, intention, and mind wandering relate to postformal problem-solving performance? Each will be addressed in turn.


Problem Context Probe Question Retrospective Memory Heuristic Availability Formal Thought 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan D. Sinnott
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  1. 1.Towson UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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