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
Have underlying traits
Perceive us back
Automaticity is low effort thinking
If we do not use available information what do we use?
o Filling new information to what we already know by matching it
Key point: social cognition is greatly influenced by past experience
o Seeing the social world through the lens of our preconceptio