Social cognition

Study level: Undergraduate study programme in psychology
Lecturers: Željka Kamenov, Ph.D., Aleksandra Huić, Ph.D.
Language: Croatian
Status: elective
Form of instruction with class hours: 30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of practical work and seminars
Prerequisites: Social perception and attitudes
Student evaluation: written and oral exam

Course description

Cognitive approach to social psychology. Automatic and controlled processing of information. The role of schemas and heuristics in people construction of social world. Attribution theories. Antecedents, attributional dimensions and consequences of the attributional process. Attributional biases; actor-observer effect. Self - perception. Attribution of emotions. Application of attribution theory; attribution therapy. Cognitive and attributional approach to stereotypes. The relation between social cognition and social behavior. Cultural differences in social cognition.

Course objectives

Students will become familiar with the most important theories and empirical findings that explain social cognition, as well as its impact on perceiving and memorizing information, judgment, emotion and behavior. They will become aware of their own biases and limitations in judgment and reasoning and they will improve their reasoning.

Required readings

Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D. i Akert, R. M. (2005). Socijalna psihologija. Zagreb: Mate.

Hewstone, M. i Stroebe, W. (2002). Uvod u socijalnu psihologiju. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap.

Pennington, D.C. (1997). Osnove socijalne psihologije. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap.

Recommended readings

Fiske, S.T. i Taylor, S.E. (1991). Social Cognition. McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Kunda, Z. (2002). Social Cognition: Making Sense of People. The MIT Press, Massachusetts.

Kruglanski, A. W. i Higgins, E. T. (2003). Social Psychology: A general reader. Psychology Press: New York.

Moskowitz, G. B. (2005). Social cognition: Understanding self and others. New York: The Guilford Press.

Kamenov, Ž. (1991). Neke determinante atribucije uspjeha i neuspjeha srednjoškolaca. Neobjavljeni magistarski rad. Filozofski fakultet, Zagreb.

Kamenov, Ž. (1998). Socijalna (ne)prikladnost prosudbe o uzrocima ponašanja temeljene na grupnoj pripadnosti. Neobjavljena doktorska disertacija. Filozofski fakultet, Zagreb.

Schneider, D. J. (2004). The psychology of stereotyping. New York: The Guilford Press.

Snyder, M. (1981). On the self-perpetuating nature of social stereotypes. U: David L. Hamilton (Ur.) Cognitive processes in stereotyping and intergroup behavior. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Snyder, M. (1984). When belief creates reality. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 18, 247-305.

Journal articles.