Brief seminar description:
How do people make sense of themselves? And how do they make sense of others? These are the main questions that social cognition provides answers to. In broad terms, social cognition is an approach to the study of social phenomena by the exploration of their cognitive foundations. It focuses on mental processes involved in the perception, encoding and memory, and evaluation of social stimuli; the influences of both internal and external factors on mental processes; and finally, on the behavioral manifestations of these processes in the surrounding world. Throughout this seminar, we will adopt the social cognitive perspective to investigate a range of candidate topics, for example knowledge of the self; person perception, including the perception of faces and minds behind them; attitudes and attitude change; judgment and decision making; the role of language; neural basis of social cognition; the role of consciousness; stereotyping and prejudice; and cultural differences.
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