Social cognition is an area of social psychology that has been flourishing over the past two decades. It has harnessed basic concepts from cognitive psychology and developed and refined them to explain human thinking, feeling, and acting in a social context. Moreover, social cognition has integrated emotional influences and unconscious processes to reach a more complete understanding of social psychological phenomena.
In this volume, the reader will find a representative sample of outstanding research in the field of social cognition. The chapters address its central themes, roughly organized along the temporal axis of information processing. They include basic operations like perception, categorization, representation, and judgmental inferences. Other chapters focus on issues like social comparison, emotion, language and culture. All of the contributors are internationally-renowned experts who share with the reader their accounts of the research experience in each of their domains.
Social Cognition: The Basis of Human Interaction is an invaluable resource for researchers requiring a comprehensive, yet concise, overview of the field, and may also be used by intermediate and advanced students of social cognition.
Table of Contents
Social Cognition: An Introduction. Attention, Perception and Social Cognition. Representing Social Concepts Modally and Amodally. Unconscious, Conscious, and Metaconscious in Social Cognition. Conversational Inference: Social Cognition as Interactional Intelligence. From Simple Categorization to Higher-Order Inference Problems. Mental Construal in Social Judgment. Social Comparison. Metacognition. Spontaneous Evaluations. Emotion. A Social-Cognitive Perspective on Automatic Self Regulation: The Relevance of Goals in the Information Processing Sequence. Language and Social Cognition. Culture and Social Cognition in Human Interaction.
"I enjoyed reading this fine book from cover to cover...this is a solid addition to Psychology Press's Frontiers of Social Psychology series. The authors' perspective are timely and informed, and a good balance between discussing contemporary results and classic work is struck." - PsycCRITIQUES, Dana S. Dunn, Vol. 54, Release 39, Article 4