Style Without Substance

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 708–709. Reviews the book, Cognitive Style: Five Approaches and Relevant Research by Kenneth M. Goldstein and Sheldon Blackman (1978). The authors have chosen to focus upon five approaches to cognitive style: authoritarianism, dogmatism, cognitive complexity, integrative complexity, and field dependence. A chapter is devoted to each. There is a peculiar disjunction in this volume between the topics the authors have chosen to emphasize and the topics that are the focus of current research. The two chapters on complexity are the strongest in the volume in terms of their descriptive coverage. Disappointment in this volume reaches its culmination in the concluding chapter. The book never quite succeeds in making clear why cognitive styles are important and worthy of book-length treatment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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