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Alternatives to Cognition by Christina Lee

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Chapter 1

Cognitive Dominance: The Centrality of Cognitive Explanations in Social Psychology

Modern psychology “admits of no alternative [to cognitive explanations of behavior], since any alternative must be something other than psychology.”

—Bolton (1991, p. 104)

Psychology, it is generally acknowledged, has undergone a cognitive revolution (Bootzin, 1985; Sperry, 1993, 1995) in the past decades. Clinical psychology, social psychology, and most of applied psychology are today unquestionably cognitive in outlook. Modern psychology, to a large extent, has no room for noncognitive explanations of behavior. Almost by definition, psychology has become the study of cognition (Bolton, 1991).

Cognitive approaches, we are told, are enjoying overwhelming ...

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