The contributors to this collection focus on the cognitive processes that take place during the initial acquisition of information about others (on-line processes) rather than later when memory processes begin playing a dominant role (memory-based processes). Utilizing the methods and concepts of social cognition, the book illustrates how the study of on-line cognition can further our understanding of person perception. On-Line Cognition in Person Perception also examines the special cognitive dynamics that are associated with such processes within the domain of social perception.
"The comedy and tragedy of the human condition can be seen in the microcosm of our perceptions and misperceptions of others. As a central research topic of modern social-personality psychology, person perceptions may lose its theatrical drama, but it gains elegance and complexity. This book is a very good introduction to the methods and theories of some of the topic's leading investigators."
"…Bassili has succeeded in bringing together scholars who provide enlightening commentary on on-line cognition in person perception."
—The Psychological Record
Contents: R. Hastie, N. Pennington, Notes on the Distinction Between Memory-Based Versus On-Line Judgments. E.R. Smith, Procedural Efficiency and On-Line Social Judgments. B. Park, Trait Attributes as On-Line Organizers in Person Impressions. J.N. Bassili, Traits as Action Categories Versus Traits as Person Attributes in Social Cognition. S. Kitayama, E. Burnstein, The Relation Between Opinion and Memory: Distinguishing Between Associative Density and Structural Centrality. Y. Trope, The Multiple Roles of Context in Dispositional Judgments. S.T. Fiske, J.B. Ruscher, On-Line Processes in Category-Based and Individuating Impressions: Some Basic Principles and Methodological Reflections. u.H. Anderson, Functional Memory and On-Line Attribution.