Originally published in 1981, this volume presents papers from the first Ontario Symposium on Personality and Social Psychology held at the University of Western Ontario from August 25-27, 1978. The general theme of the symposium was social cognition. The chapters have been grouped into two major parts. Chapters 1-5 focus on the implications of cognitive structures for social cognition, with particular emphasis on the nature of social schemata and the organization of social information. Chapters 6-11 focus on the consequences for social cognition of various cognitive processes and mechanisms, including verbal and nonverbal communicative processes, category accessibility, salience and selective attention, hypothesis-testing, and self-centered biases. Chapter 12 comments on the general perspectives taken in the previous chapters and suggests some additional directions for future consideration. Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.
Preface. Part I: Organization and Representation of Social Information 1. The Organization of Social Information Thomas M. Ostrom, John B. Pryor, David D. Simpson 2. Schematic Principles in Human Memory Reid Hastie 3. Schematic Bases of Social Information Processing Shelley E. Taylor and Jennifer Crocker 4. Cognitive Representations of Persons David L. Hamilton 5. Category Accessibility: Some Theoretical and Empirical Issues Concerning the Processing of Social Stimulus Information Robert S. Wyer, Jr. and Thomas K. Srull Part II: Processing Factors and Biases in Social Cognition 6. What Grabs You? The Role of Attention in Impression Formation and Causal Attribution Leslie Zebrowitz McArthur 7. Cognitive Processes in Inferences About A Person’s Personality Ebbe B. Ebbesen 8. Seek, And Ye Shall Find: Testing Hypotheses About Other People Mark Snyder 9. Self-centered Biases in Attributions of Responsibility: Antecedents and Consequences Michael Ross 10. Impression Formation, Impression Management, and Nonverbal Behaviors Robert M. Krauss 11. The "Communication Game": Implications for Social Cognition and Persuasion E. Tory Higgins Part III: Commentary 12. Social Cognition: A Need to Get Personal E. Tory Higgins, Nicholas A. Kuiper, James M. Olson. Author Index. Subject Index.