Social Cognition

Key Readings

Edited by David Hamilton

© 2005 – Psychology Press

676 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This collection features articles that have shown a significant impact on the field of social cognition. The articles are organized into eight major sections: (1) social information processing; (2) cognitive representation of social information; (3) activation and use of cognitive representations; (4) nonconscious and automatic processing; (5) impression formation and judgment; (6) dispositional inference and attribution; (7) goals and motivated processing, and (8) reconstructing the past and future issues. The organization of the book reflects a comprehensive overview of the field of social cognition.

Reviews

'In Social Cognition: Key Readings in Social Psychology, David L. hamilton has done a masterful job in bringing together classic and soon-to-be classic original journal articles and selections from books dealing with cognition. …

The writing style will be exceptionally engaging to advanced undergraduates, without sacrificing the integrity of communicating complex ideas. …

This book belongs on the shelf of every teacher of social psychology and provides an important resource for any course dealing with social cognition. The quality of the introductory section and section narratives are worth the price of the book' - David D. Simpson in PsyCRITIQUES June 7 2006

Table of Contents

Processing Information from the Social World. Cognitive Representation of Social Information. Activation and Use of Cognitive Representations. Nonconscious and Automatic Processing. Dispositional Inference and Attribution. Impression Formation and Judgment. Stereotypes. Motivational Effects on Information Processing. Reconstructing the Past, Anticipating the Future.

About the Series

Key Readings in Social Psychology

Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY031000
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology