A History of Social Cognition

Authored by: Michael S. North , Susan T. Fiske

Handbook of the History of Social Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9781848728684
eBook ISBN: 9780203808498
Adobe ISBN: 9781136668999


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Social psychology is all about people’s influence on other people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, according to a classic definition (Allport, 1954). That influence depends on our impressions of those potentially influential others and how they relate to us: Who is that stranger, and why is he smiling at me? Are immigrants coming here to join our culture or to exploit it? Is my new friend a trustworthy expert about “how we do things around here?” Does that person of my dreams really share my dreams? Each of these influence situations depends on our interpretation of the other person’s predispositions.

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