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Exploring Social Cognition

Home | What is Social Cognition? | What is a Schema? | Why Do We Have Schemas? | Which schemas are applied? | The Perserverance Effect | Self-Fulfilling Prophecy | Judgmental Heuristics | Availability Heuristc | Representative Heuristc | Anchoring and Adustment Heuristic | Automatic Versus Controlled Thinking | Thought Suppression | Errors in Social Cognition | Links | Bibliography

What is Social Cognition?

Social Cognition is the study of how people think about themselves and the social world; more specificly, how people select, interpret, remember, and use social information to make judgements and decisions. (Social Psychology, Aronson, Pearson, 2007)

In general, society attempts to analyze humanity as precisely as possible; however, the instant the social world realizes that an individual is affiliated with a specific group, they involuntarily and inadvertently believe they acquire certain characteristics and qualities.