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In recent years, cognitive as well as social psychologists have become increasingly aware that metacognition (cognitive processes that apply to themselves) is a fundamental aspect of human psychology. Are metacognitive activities similar to standard cognitive processes or do they represent a separate category? How do people reflect on their cognitive processes? Does our metacognitive knowledge affect our behavioral choices? These are only some of the questions addressed in this broad ranging book. Metacognition is a major international and interdisciplinary book that shows how a full analysis of human reasoning and behavior requires an understanding of both cognitive and metacognitive activities. This group of world-renowned authors draw together key insights from across social and cognitive psychology to offer an unmatched overview of this major debate. It will be invaluable for students and academics in social and cognitive psychology.
Chapter 8: Social Judgeability Concerns in Impression Formation
Social Judgeability Concerns in Impression Formation
Journalist: “You said that this was an emotional verdict. Could you elaborate on that?”
LA District Attorney Gil Garcetti: “Well, it took less than three hours deliberation!”
Broadcast on CNN the day after the acquittal of O.J. Simpson
As the above quotation suggests, a widely shared belief is that sound judgments about people require a substantial amount of time and effort. The general idea is that one should not give too much credit to quick judgments. Of course, because the deliberation about O.J. Simpson will forever remain secret, there is no way to know the information used by the jurors to reach their decision. At first glance, the situation is different when our own ...