Social Cognition

Social Cognition - Social Cognition What is Social...

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Social Cognition
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What is Social Cognition? The processes of perception and judgment with which we make sense of our social worlds What we think determines what we feel and how we act
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First Impressions Staying power We judge from the start Stereotypes Primacy effect Tendency for the first info we receive about others to carry weight, along with our stereotypes, in a shaping our overall impression of them.
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First Impressions, cont’d Confirmation bias Seeking information that will prove you right So, First impressions matter because They direct attention to certain types of new info They influence our interpretations of the new facts we get later
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Perceptions of partners Partners may be each others’ “most knowledgeable and least objective observer” Confirmation bias to keep relationships intact
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Idealizing our Partners How do we stay happy with our partners? Positive illusions Emphasize partner’s virtues and minimize faults Can be good or bad… Revise our desires Change what we want so our partner is a better match
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Attributional Processes Explanations we come up with for why people do
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