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Chapter 8: A Theory of Social Information Processing
A Theory of Social Information Processing
A general theory of social information processing was developed 25 years ago in an attempt to integrate diverse phenomena that I and others had identified in our research on social cognition. After several iterations, the model continues to provide a useful theoretical framework for conceptualizing and integrating the deliberate and automatic processes that occur at different stages of cognitive functioning, including comprehension, memory storage and retrieval, inference, judgment, decision making, and output generation. More specific formulations of belief organization and change, person impression formation, dual processing, and the interplay of goal-directed and unconscious processing can be viewed in terms of the cognitive operations that are governed by the general model I proposed.