Social Cognition

The Basis of Human Interaction

Edited by Fritz Strack, Jens Förster

© 2009 – Psychology Press

352 pages

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About the Book

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

F. Strack, J. Förster, Social Cognition: An Introduction. G.V. Bodenhausen, K. Hugenberg, Attention, Perception and Social Cognition. P.M. Niedenthal, L. Mondillon, D.A. Effron, L.W. Barsalou, Representing Social Concepts Modally and Amodally. P. Winkielman, J.W. Schooler, Unconscious, Conscious, and Metaconscious in Social Cognition. D. Hilton, Conversational Inference: Social Cognition as Interactional Intelligence. K. Fiedler, H. Plessner, From Simple Categorization to Higher-Order Inference Problems. N. Schwarz, Mental Construal in Social Judgment. T. Mussweiler, Social Comparison. H. Bless, J. Keller, E.R. Igou, Metacognition. F. Strack, R. Deutsch, Intuition. K.C. Klauer, Spontaneous Evaluations. R. Neumann, Emotion. J. Förster, M. Denzler, A Social-Cognitive Perspective on Automatic Self Regulation: The Relevance of Goals in the Information Processing Sequence. G.R. Semin, Language and Social Cognition. B. Hannover, U. Kühnen, Culture and Social Cognition in Human Interaction.

About the Series

Frontiers of Social Psychology

Frontiers of Social Psychology is a new series of domain-specific handbooks. The purpose of each volume is to provide readers with a cutting-edge overview of the most recent theoretical, methodological, and practical developments in a substantive area of social psychology, in greater depth than is possible in general social psychology handbooks. The Editors and contributors are all internationally renowned scholars, whose work is at the cutting-edge of research.

Scholarly, yet accessible, the volumes in the Frontiers series are an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and practitioners, and are suitable as texts in advanced courses in specific sub-areas of social psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology