The papers presented in this volume seek to illuminate relationships among the cognitive style of field dependence- independence and biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of human functioning across the life span. The book begins by addressing fundamental issues concerning the role of cognitive style in human development. The remainder of the text treats cognitive style in relation to biological, psychological, and sociocultural functioning. Also included is a summary of directions for future research.
Table of Contents
Contents: S. Wapner, J. Demick, Introduction. S.H. White, The Child as Agent: Issues of Cognitive Style and Personal Design in Human Development. Part I:Biological Functioning. M. Bertini, P. Braibanti, P. Mamone, Wake-Sleep and Psychological Differentiation from Intrauterine to Postnatal Life: A Longitudinal Research Program. D. Spinelli, G. Antonucci, D.R. Goodenough, L. Pizzamiglio, P. Zoccolotti, Psychophysiological Mechanisms Underlying the Rod- and-Frame Illusion. A.J. Silverman, Psychophysiological and Brain Lateralization Studies in Field Dependence-Independence. E. Kaplan, Biological and Environmental Factors Affecting Field Dependence-Independence: A Process Analysis. Part II:Psychological Functioning. L. Manning, Objective and Subjective Factors in Field Dependence-Independence. T. Ohlmann, C. Marendaz, Vicarious Processes Involved in Selection/Control of Frames of Reference and Spatial Aspects of Field Dependence-Independence. D.R. Goodenough, P.K. Oltman, D. Snow, P.W. Cox, D. Markowitz, Field Dependence-Independence and Embedded Figures Performance. J.K. Davis, Educational Implications of Field Dependence- Independence. N. Kogan, J. Block, Field Dependence-Independence from Early Childhood Through Adolescence: Personality and Socialization Aspects. J. Demick, Organismic Factors in Field Dependence-Independence: Gender, Personality, Psychopathology. J. Demick, S. Wapner, Field Dependence-Independence in Adult Development and Aging. S. Santostefano, Cognitive Style as a Process Coordinating Outer Space with Inner Self: Lessons from the Past. Part III:Sociocultural Functioning. J.W. Berry, Cultural Variations in Field Dependence- Independence. A.S. Dreyer, The Role of Field Dependence-Independence in Close Relationships. J. van Meel, Proximate Social Influences on Field Dependence- Independence. S. Wapner, Some Relations Between Field Dependence-Independence and a Holistic, Developmental, Systems-Oriented Perspective. I.E. Sigel, The Cognitive Style Construct: A Conceptual Analysis. Part IV:Directions for Future Research. S. Wapner, J. Demick, Some Open Research Problems on Field Dependence-Independence: Theory and Methodology.
"Herman A. Witkin is honored in this edited volume of 19 chapters that derive from a memorial conference held at Clark University in 1989. With a useful introduction by the editors we are again reminded of Witkin's enduring contribution to perception and cognitive style and how field articulation has informed so much research."