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Social Cognition

Social Cognition
An Integrated Introduction

Third Edition

February 2014 | 386 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of this much celebrated textbook continues to focus on the four major and influential perspectives in contemporary social psychology - social cognition, social identity, social representations, and discursive psychology. A foundational chapter presenting an account of these perspectives is then followed by topic-based chapters from the point of view of each perspective in turn, discussing commonalities and divergences across each of them.

Key Features of the Third Edition:

- Now includes coverage of the social neuroscience paradigm and research on implicit social cognition

- Updated pedagogical features and visual material

- An extended conclusion covers the ways in which the different approaches of the field intersect as well as a general discussion of the direction in which the field is moving.

Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction is an integrative, holistic textbook that will enhance the reader's understanding of social cognition and of each of the topical issues considered. It remains a key textbook for psychology students, particularly those on courses in social psychology and social cognition.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Defining social psychology

The crisis in social psychology

Social cognition

Aims of this book

Organization of this book

Concluding comments

Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations
Introduction to social cognition models

Introduction to social identity theory

Introduction to social representations theory

Introduction to discursive psychology

A post-cognitive psychology?

Chapter 3: Social Perception
Social cognition and social perception

Social identity theory and social perception

Social representations and social perception

Discursive psychology and social perception

Chapter 4: Attitudes
What is an attitude?

Social cognitive approaches to attitudes

Attitudes and social identities

Attitudes and social representations

Discursive psychology and attitudes

Chapter 5: Attributions
Social cognition and attribution

Social identity and attributions

Social representations and attributions

Discursive social psychology and attributions

Chapter 6: Self and Identity
Social-cognitive approaches to self and identity

Functions of the self

Social identity approaches to self and identity

Social representations approaches to self and identity

Discursive approaches to self and identity

Chapter 7: Prejudice
Social cognition and prejudice

Social identity and prejudice

Social representations and prejudice

Discursive psychology and prejudice

Chapter 8: Ideology
Social cognition and ideology

Social identity and ideology

Social representations and ideology

Discursive psychology and ideology

Chapter 9: Conclusion
The individual and society

Levels of analysis

Realist vs constructivist epistemologies

Social change


'It’s very good news that Martha Augoustinos and her co-authors have brought out a new, revised edition of Social Cognition. It really is an excellent, broad-ranging book, whose clear discussion of differing approaches should appeal to undergraduates of psychology. But make no mistake: this new edition, just like the previous ones, is so much more than a textbook. It contains an important, underlying argument about the social nature of thinking.'

Michael Billig
Loughborough University

'This is a remarkably sophisticated and insightful examination of social cognitive, social identity, social representations, and discursive approaches to social psychological phenomena. The core principles of each perspective are clearly explained with an engaging style that is a pleasure to read, and deep insights into how humans come to understand their social world can be found on every page. As the authors remind us, social psychological ideas have the potential to change the world. This book is beautifully written, conveys the excitement and possibilities of the discipline, and is thought provoking throughout.'


Nyla R. Branscombe
University of Kansas

'This scholarly, broad-ranging and generous book remains the best introduction to the field of social cognition.  It offers a truly ‘integrative’ approach, attempting to bring together work from a diverse range of traditions of social and cognitive psychology and into dialogue researchers who should talk to one another more, but so often don’t.'

John Dixon
Open University

It's a well written book and cover this field of research very well.
Students find it very useful.

Dr Jesper Dammeyer
Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen
April 5, 2015

very good detail about one important section of a social psych course , not sure of any accompanying resources as have not seen any = still will be asking students to use it as a back up book for details on 1 topic as it makes a very technical and often difficult subject for students easy to understand. nice to read

Ms Hannah Barton
Dun Laoghaire Inst of Art Design & Tec, Dun Laoghaire Inst of Art Design & Tec
March 9, 2015

Excellent coverage of the topic with inclusion of material from different perspective. Writitng style is accessible.

Dr Fiona McSweeney
Social Science , Dublin Institute of Technology
January 25, 2015

A very interesting read, written in an approachable style, perfect for students considering research projects in the field of social psychology.

Miss Magdalena Marczak
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University
January 5, 2015

A very interesting book, excellently written making the subject area accessible.

Mrs Carrie Foster
Business and Management, Glyndwr University
October 6, 2014

Offers a firm challenge to traditional views of the 'self' which underpin many established counselling approaches, and challenges the counselling student to draw out professional practice implications.

Mrs Julie Chess
Counselling Training Team, Colchester Institute
September 24, 2014

The text book is very useful and helpful in my teaching

Dr Oluyinka Ojedokun
Psychology , Univesity of North-West
September 2, 2014

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