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Social Cognition
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Social Cognition
An Integrated Introduction

Third Edition


February 2014 | 386 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of this much celebrated textbook continues to focus on the four major and influential perspectives in contemporary social psychology - social cognition, social identity, social representations, and discursive psychology. A foundational chapter presenting an account of these perspectives is then followed by topic-based chapters from the point of view of each perspective in turn, discussing commonalities and divergences across each of them.

Key Features of the Third Edition:

- Now includes coverage of the social neuroscience paradigm and research on implicit social cognition

- Updated pedagogical features and visual material

- An extended conclusion covers the ways in which the different approaches of the field intersect as well as a general discussion of the direction in which the field is moving.

Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction is an integrative, holistic textbook that will enhance the reader's understanding of social cognition and of each of the topical issues considered. It remains a key textbook for psychology students, particularly those on courses in social psychology and social cognition.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
Defining social psychology

 
The crisis in social psychology

 
Social cognition

 
Aims of this book

 
Organization of this book

 
Concluding comments

 
 
PART I
 
Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations
Introduction to social cognition models

 
Introduction to social identity theory

 
Introduction to social representations theory

 
Introduction to discursive psychology

 
A post-cognitive psychology?

 
 
PART II
 
Chapter 3: Social Perception
Social cognition and social perception

 
Social identity theory and social perception

 
Social representations and social perception

 
Discursive psychology and social perception

 
 
Chapter 4: Attitudes
What is an attitude?

 
Social cognitive approaches to attitudes

 
Attitudes and social identities

 
Attitudes and social representations

 
Discursive psychology and attitudes

 
 
Chapter 5: Attributions
Social cognition and attribution

 
Social identity and attributions

 
Social representations and attributions

 
Discursive social psychology and attributions

 
 
Chapter 6: Self and Identity
Social-cognitive approaches to self and identity

 
Functions of the self

 
Social identity approaches to self and identity

 
Social representations approaches to self and identity

 
Discursive approaches to self and identity

 
 
Chapter 7: Prejudice
Social cognition and prejudice

 
Social identity and prejudice

 
Social representations and prejudice

 
Discursive psychology and prejudice

 
 
Chapter 8: Ideology
Social cognition and ideology

 
Social identity and ideology

 
Social representations and ideology

 
Discursive psychology and ideology

 
 
PART III
 
Chapter 9: Conclusion
The individual and society

 
Levels of analysis

 
Realist vs constructivist epistemologies

 
Social change

 

An excellent text for our masters course on meaning and cognition

Dr Clara Molina
Departamento de Filología Inglesa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
June 5, 2014

This is a fluently-written book covering a wide range of approaches to the topic of social cognition. This is a welcome step forward in a field of study that is marked by fragmentation. The book will be valuable to my students who are seeking to get a reasonably balanced overview of different theoretical approaches to the topic.

Professor Brian Taylor
Social Work , University of Ulster
February 26, 2014

I thought the first two editions of this book were excellent, and the third hasn't let me down.

What I really like is the way that the authors have applied three of the most interesting and forward thinking social psychological approaches to come out the European tradition to the social cognition. The authors approach to their subject matter is refreshing, innovative and insightful.

Excellent!

Dr Timothy Auburn
School of Psychology, Plymouth University
February 24, 2014
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