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Social Cognition

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

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?

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

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.


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

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