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Ch 11: Social Perception & Cognition

About This Chapter

This chapter explores topics within the study of social perception and cognition. You'll review related theories and terminology while breaking down relevant psychological models and concepts.

Social Perception & Cognition - Chapter Summary

This chapter centers around the psychological study of social perception and its relation to cognition. The text and video lessons illuminate influential theories within this area of study while defining important terms and fleshing out psychological models. Topics discussed include:

  • Social categorization
  • Bernard Weiner and attribution theory
  • Steps of the Covariation model of attribution
  • The self-perception theory
  • Stereotypes and prejudice

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6 Lessons in Chapter 11: Social Perception & Cognition
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Social Categorization: Theory and Definition

1. Social Categorization: Theory and Definition

As an important element of social identity theory, social categorization has a significant influence on how we perceive and understand ourselves and those around us. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define social categorization and gain insight into how it fits into the larger social identity theory.

Bernard Weiner: Attribution Theory & Overview

2. Bernard Weiner: Attribution Theory & Overview

Attribution theory is concerned with how we interpret and understand events and how this can influence the way we think and behave. Learn more about the different dimensions of attribution theory and test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Covariation Model of Attribution: Definition & Steps

3. The Covariation Model of Attribution: Definition & Steps

In this lesson, we discuss Kelley's Covariation Model of Attribution, including examples of each of the types of information involved: consensus, distinctiveness, and consistency.

Self-Perception Theory: Definition and Examples

4. Self-Perception Theory: Definition and Examples

Have you ever felt confused about what you were feeling? Self-perception theory offers an explanation for what people do when they aren't sure what they feel. In this lesson, we'll look closer at self-perception theory and some studies that tell us more about how we decide what we're feeling.

What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

5. 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.

Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins

6. Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins

Why do some people dislike entire groups of people? What causes prejudice? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the theories about what makes people prejudiced, including scapegoat theory, authoritarian personality, and culture theory.

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