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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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Philip G. Zimbardo

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0006

Philip G. Zimbardo describes his most underappreciated work: a paper titled “Discontinuity Theory: Cognitive and Social Searches for Rationality and Normality—May Lead to Madness.” Published in Advances in Experimental Social Psychology in 1999, Zimbardo's research focuses on discontinuity theory and its assumptions about self-processes, cognitive searches for rationality, situationally centered social searches for normality, and the association between particular kinds of explanatory biases and specific different emerging pathologies such as phobias and paranoia. Zimbardo reflects on the reasons why his paper was an abysmal failure.

Keywords:   Philip G. Zimbardo, Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, discontinuity theory, self-processes, rationality, normality, cognitive searches, social searches, pathologies, phobias

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