Lecture on January 29th: What is social cognition?

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Department
Psychology & Brain Sciences
Course
PSYCH 360
Professor
John Bickford
Semester
Spring

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Social Psychology – Lecture notes, January 29 , 2013 What is social cognition? How people think about themselves and their social world.  Selection, interpretation, recall and application of social information to make judgments and decisions. People are not things;  People have motives  Manage impressions  Have underlying traits  Are dynamic  Perceive us back Automaticity is low effort thinking If we do not use available information what do we use?  Categorical information o Filling new information to what we already know by matching it into categories  Key point: social cognition is greatly influenced by past experience o Seeing the social world through the lens of our preconceptio
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