Social cognition permeates social psychology: Motivated mental processes guide the study of human social behavior

Don Operario, Susan T. Fiske

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Abstract

Social cognition provides a metatheoretical approach to understanding the mental underpinnings of human social behavior. This paper reviews some of the major themes in social cognition research, tracing its progression from a methodological hybrid between cognitive and social psychology to a major foundation of social psychology. We stress the most recent trend in social cognition research - the motivated tactician theme - which focuses on the roles of motives and goals in people's mental processes and social behavior; examples from our laboratory illustrate this theme. Our brief historical overview emphasizes diversity within the social cognition approach; its applicability to multiple psychological and social issues; and directions for collaboration with other notable research traditions, particularly cross-cultural perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-78
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)

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