Ch 12: Social Cognition Overview

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Consult this collection of psychology lessons to review the basics of social cognition. Study at your own pace to get ready for exams, get ahead in class, improve your grades or complete class assignments.

Social Cognition Overview - Chapter Summary

Use these convenient study resources to review concepts related to social cognition in psychology. Through bite-sized and engaging lessons, you'll dissect the core elements of social cognition, including attribution, personal perception, attitudes and stereotyping. You'll also take a look at the ABC Model of Attitudes and determine how social cognition affects people.

By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the role of person perception in social psychology
  • Explain attribution considerations people make to make sense of success and failure
  • Determine how attitudes are formed and how they can affect personal behavior
  • Recognize the reasons why people stereotype other groups of people
  • Analyze the three elements of the ABC Model of Attitudes
  • Define discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes in relation to social psychology
  • Outline various types of attributions and how they relate to stereotypes and prejudice

Each lesson delivers important psychology concepts and vocabulary through highlighted definitions and illustrative examples. Our expert instructors design each lesson to be simple and engaging so you can quickly review and remember the information. We encourage you to take the included self-assessment quizzes to check your understanding of the material and print the lesson transcripts to supplement your study. You can access the chapter at any time using your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Social Cognition Overview
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Person Perception: Definition & Theory

1. Person Perception: Definition & Theory

How do we form impressions of other people? In this lesson, we'll talk about the mechanisms that underlie person perception, or how we form impressions and explain the behaviors and actions of other people.

Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

2. Attribution Theory: Causes of Behavior & Errors

Do you attribute your success to your abilities and failure to outside forces? You'll explore possible ways of weighing personal responsibility and environmental factors when trying to determine what caused an outcome.

Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

3. Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

Have you ever wondered how your attitudes are formed and how they affect your behavior? In this lesson, we'll take a look at some of the internal and external factors that form our attitudes and how our behavior can be affected or changed by various influences.

What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

4. What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

Stereotyping is something we do daily, even if we don't realize it. By classifying groups of people, we can better understand the world around us, although prejudice may be a result. In this lesson, we'll watch Amy categorize strangers she sees on a bus and determine the reasons why humans tend to stereotype.

The ABC Model of Attitudes: Affect, Behavior & Cognition

5. The ABC Model of Attitudes: Affect, Behavior & Cognition

Attitudes are an important topic of study for social psychologists. In this lesson, we define attitudes and discuss their three components as illustrated by the ABC Model: affective, behavioral and cognitive.

Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

6. Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

There are many different types of people in the world. What happens when one person thinks or feels a certain way about an entire group of people? Watch this lesson to find out about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice

7. How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice

Attributions are the reasons that we give for why a particular outcome occurred. What do they have to do with stereotypes and prejudice? This lesson answers that question, as well as explains different types of attributions.

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