Cognition and Social Behavior

Cognition and Social Behavior

Cognition and Social Behavior

Cognition and Social Behavior

Excerpt

This volume presents the collected papers of the Eleventh Annual Symposium on Cognition, held at Carnegie--Mellon University in April, 1975. These papers are unique in the history of these symposia for their orientation toward the study of social behavior. This symposium brings together the two fields of social psychology and cognitive psychology in response to a growing desire among many social psychologists to seek out or develop a more systematic body of theory, and a corresponding desire among many cognitive psychologists to study the everyday affairs of people outside the laboratory.

The initial idea for this symposium grew out of the mutual interests of the editors. Our collaboration, as one social psychologist and one cognitive psychologist, on the parole decision-making project (Chapter 2) seemed to us so natural and synergistic that we were led to examine our work as a model of an approach. We began to discover parallels between issues and research in social psychology and their counterparts in cognitive psychology. The integration of our separate backgrounds served functions that seemed widely applicable, and we felt that the symposium could bring this into sharper focus.

Participants for the symposium were initially chosen because they were doing work that bridged social psychology, cognitive psychology, and real-world problems. However, this loose structure coalesced during the paper writing, presentations, and meetings of the symposium. Instead of a diverse collection of papers needing extensive introduction, explanation, and summation, what emerged were several themes and concrete examples of the fruits of this joint approach. In particular, the four discussion papers at the symposium, by Taylor (Chapter 5), Greene (Chapter 10), Klahr (Chapter 15), and Simon (Chapter 16), served so well to tie the papers together that the idea of an introductory chapter became superfluous. Instead, we will briefly state the themes brought out in these papers. These themes cut across the organization of the book, which is primarily . . .

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