Cognition research and theory has become a major focus of attention within academic psychology over the past 15 years. However, most social cognition research has tended to focus on the social thinker in isolation, neglecting the impact of social interactions on cognition. A cutting-edge collection from integral figures in social cognition and small group fields, What's Social About Social Cognition? fills a lapse in the literature while exploring social phenomena within small groups. Significantly augmented from a special issue of Small Group Research, this volume answers the demand for a greater social emphasis in social cognition research by examining decision making, prejudices, motivations, emotions, and reciprocal influences between and among small group members. And while the entire book provides a springboard for research to come on the social processes and aspects of social cognition, a special concluding chapter looks to the future of this important new research focus. Presenting the latest empirical research at the interface between cognitive and social psychology, this volume will appeal to social and personality psychologists specializing in social cognition as well as group researchers in both applied and theoretical behavioral sciences. What's Social About Social Cognition? will also prove an invaluable textbook for social psychology survey courses that focus on current theories, and for research methods courses in which social cognition models are presented.
Chapter 2: Salient Group Memberships and Persuasion: The Role of Social Identity in the Validation of Beliefs
As other contributors to this volume note, failure to take into account the distinct nature of social cognition has been quite widespread in social psychological research. In large part, this can be seen to ...