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Psychology 2070A/B
Kelly Olson

Chapter 3: Social Cognition Social cognition: the study of how information about people is processed and stored, including: - Using schemas and stereotypes to make judgements about other people - Storing info about other people in memory - Memory for our own experiences and behaviours (autobiographical memory) - Common errors in social judgements - Thinking about how events could have been different (counterfactual thinking) - Effects of mood on memory Schemas: Mental representations of objects or categories, which contain the central features of the object or category as assumptions about how the object or category works When an ambiguous object is encountered, we try to classify it Schemas guide information processing Stereotype: set of characteristics that a perceiver associates with members of a group Stereotypes also guide information processing Confirm
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