Social Psychology - The Cognitive Perspective(Psychology An approach to social psychology proposing that our social behavior can best be understood

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The Cognitive Perspective (Psychology) An approach to social psychology proposing that our social behavior  can best be understood by focusing on how we mentally structure and  process information coming from the environment (social world). Concerned with internal mental processes.  Emphasizes that we cant understand people’s behavior without  understanding their mental processes. People do not respond automatically to their environment. Instead, their behavior depends on how they perceive and think about  their environment. Getting reliable information about these mental processes are critical to  our efforts to understand social behavior. o Cognitive Perspective Theories Field Theory Field = Life Space One needs to take the immediate situation (Field) into  account. All psychological events (thinking, acting, hoping, dreaming,  etc.) are a function of a Life Space. Life Space      – The person and the environment are viewed as  one. It consists of all past, present and future events. All  three can influence behavior in any single situation.  Attitude Consistency and Attribution Theory Attitude Consistency Part     : We tend to organize our attitudes so that they are not in 
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOC 003 taught by Professor Robwahl during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Social Psychology - The Cognitive Perspective(Psychology An approach to social psychology proposing that our social behavior can best be understood

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