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  • PSYCHOLOGY 243    Section: 1

    SOCIAL COGNITION

    Fall Quarter 2011

    Units: 4
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    This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of social cognition. Social cognition is a branch of social psychology that deals with: 1)The processes underlying the perception, memory, and judgment of social stimuli, 2)The effects of social, cultural, and affective factors on the processing of information, and 3)The behavioral and interpersonal consequences of cognitive processes. Social cognition researchers study many of the same topics that other social psychologists study. What distinguishes social cognition is not its content, but the level of analysis it applies. Beyond demonstrating social psychological effects, it seeks to understand the cognitive processes underlying these effects.

    This course offers a survey of research from the field of social cognition, with an emphasis on understanding cognitive processes involved in social functioning. Topics include mental representation, attention, construal, inference, attribution, evaluation, judgment, memory processes, and behavior. Both controlled and automatic processes will be considered, and the roles of motives, goals, and affective variables will be discussed.

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    Jeff Sherman , Ph.D. 102B Young Hall