- Title Pages
- Most Cited, Least Read?
- Appreciated, but Misunderstood
- Undeserved Recognition
- Is There a Divorce in Your Genes?
- A Life-Changing Paper? That Depends on Your Interpretation
- Saga of My Stealth Bomber Chapter
- From Egosystem to Ecosystem
- Publish and Perish
- A Catastrophe in my Research Portfolio
- I Want to be a Social Psychologist
- But What About that Gigantic Elephant in the Room?
- Adventures in Rejectionland
- Thrilling Thoughts
- A Fundamental Conceptual Distinction … Gone Unnoticed
- Communal Relationships Can Be Selfish and Give Rise to Exploitation
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame
- Timing is Everything … At Least for Citation Impact
- Motivational When Motivational Wasn’t Cool
- Does Impression Management Have an Image Problem?
- Dynamic Complexity Theory
- Littering as an Unobtrusive Measure of Political Attitudes
- Imagined and Genuine Opposition to New Ideas on Sexuality
- A New Method for Theory Testing in Social Psychology
- HARK! A Herald Sings … But Who’s Listening?
- Some Things Get Better With Age
- Episodes in the Mind
- Kiss My “TASS”
- The Slow, Halting Appreciation of Close Relationships Research
- Is Attitude Research Incompatible With the Compatibility Principle?
- Change We Cannot Believe In
- Imputing Values to Missing Information in Social Judgment
- Whatever Happened to Schema-Triggered Affect?
- Priming Creative Behavior
- What’s in a Title? How a Decent Idea May Have Gone Bad
- The Bearable Lightness of Impact
- I Can’t Explain
- Most Underappreciated … By Me!
- It Takes More than Two to Tango
- My Rather Unknown Piece About “Unknown Unknowns” and Their Role in Self-Insight
- Reality Lives! Redeeming an Apparently Unfulfilled Prophecy
- Bet You Didn’t Know I Did a Dissonance Study
- Is That All There Is? Reaction to the That’s-Not-All Procedure
- My Brief Career in Modeling
- The Diversity of Social Support and Outgroup Homogeneity
- Thirty Years of Contrast in Social Comparison
- The Causal Structure of Person Types and Stereotypes
- Your First Word Will Be Your Last Word if It Is Your Only Word
- “Risky Business”
- Buried Treasures
- A Mis-citation Classic
- Emotional Intelligence
- Hidden Gems about Justice Research
- The “Messenger Effect” in Persuasion
- The Idea, the Audience, and Me
- Unfinished Business
Dynamic Complexity Theory
Dynamic Complexity Theory
Eclipsed by a Revolution
- (p.101) Dynamic Complexity Theory
- Most Underappreciated
Delroy L. Paulhus
- Oxford University Press
Delroy L. Paulhus describes his most underappreciated work: his dynamic complexity theory. He explains how ideas on cognitive complexity inspired him to develop a broader theory of personality, focusing in particular on the association between person perception and decision behavior. He then elaborates on the five propositions of his dynamic complexity theory: emotional stressors tend to reduce the cognitive complexity of interpersonal perceptions; the ordering of these reductions is such that evaluation and potency become more salient; the effects of stress are mediated by arousal that precedes the processing of other information; the enhanced role of evaluation and potency act to protect the individual from the threat; individual differences in trait complexity moderate the changes in complexity, and therefore the effectiveness of the threat. He also discusses the distinction between automatic and controlled processing in mainstream social psychology.
Keywords: Delroy L. Paulhus, dynamic complexity theory, cognitive complexity, theory of personality, perception, decision behavior, stress, automatic processing, controlled processing, social psychology
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