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.
Table of Contents
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.
"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