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Social Cognition

  • ID: 4031591
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 632 pages
  • SAGE Publications Ltd
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How do people make sense of each other? How do people make sense of themselves?

Social cognition attempts to explain the most fundamental of questions. It looks at why other people are not simply ‘objects’ to be perceived and how the social world provides dramatic and complex perspectives on the Self and Others.

The subtitle of this book ‘From Brains to Culture’ reflects the journey that Social Cognition has been on since it first emerged as a dynamic and forward-looking field of research within social psychology. Structured in four clear parts, Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture begins with a clear outline of the basic concepts before moving into more topical sections: understanding individual selves and others, followed by making sense of society. The authors finish by looking beyond cognition to affect and behaviour.

Challenging and rigorous, yet strikingly accessible, this book is essential reading for all students of social psychology from undergraduate to post-graduate and beyond.



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Chapter 1: Introduction

Part 1: Basic Concepts in Social Cognition

Chapter 2: Dual Modes in Social Cognition

Chapter 3: Attention and Encoding

Chapter 4: Representation in Memory

Part 2: Understanding Individual Selves and Others

Chapter 5: Self in Social Cognition

Chapter 6: Attribution processes

Chapter 7: Heuristics and Shortcuts: Efficiency in Inference and Decision Making

Chapter 8: Accuracy and Efficiency in Social Interference

Part 3: Making Sense of Society

Chapter 9: Cognitive Structures of Attitudes

Chapter 10: Cognitive Processing of Attitudes

Chapter 11: Stereotyping: Cognition and Bias

Chapter 12: Prejudice: Interplay of Cognitive and Affective Biases

Part 4: Beyond Social Cognition: Affect and Behavior

Chapter 13: From Social Cognition to Affect

Chapter 14: From Affect to Social Cognition

Chapter 15: Behaviour and Cognition

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Susan T. Fiske - Princeton University
Shelley E. Taylor - University of California, Los Angeles
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