Motivated closing of the mind: "seizing" and "freezing".

  title={Motivated closing of the mind: "seizing" and "freezing".},
  author={Arie W. Kruglanski and Donna M. Webster},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={103 2},
A theoretical framework is outlined in which the key construct is the need for (nonspecific) cognitive closure. The need for closure is a desire for definite knowledge on some issue. It represents a dimension of stable individual differences as well as a situationally evocable state. The need for closure has widely ramifying consequences for social-cognitive phenomena at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group levels of analysis. Those consequences derive from 2 general tendencies, those of… Expand
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