Social Cognition, from Brains to Culture

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9780071311496: Social Cognition, from Brains to Culture

This exciting new version of the classic text, "Social Cognition", describes the increasingly complete link between neuroscience and culture. Highlighting the cutting-edge research in social neuropsychology, mainstream experimental social-cognitive psychology, and cultural psychology, it retains the authors' unique ability to be both scholarly and entertaining. Reader-friendly style and concise summaries combine with the authors' engaging perspectives on this flourishing field. Comprehensive without being overwhelming, this new standard for the field brings with it a new organization reflecting current consensus open issues of the field, and its trajectory into the future.

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About the Author:

Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University (Ph.D., Harvard University; honorary doctorates, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands). She investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neuroscientifc levels. Author of over 200 publications and winner of numerous scientific awards, she has edited most recently, Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom (2008) and the  Handbook of Social Psychology (2010, 5/e). Currently an editor of Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Review, and the forthcoming Behavioral Science and Policy, she wrote Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology (2010, 2/e) and Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture (2008, 3/e). Sponsored by the Guggenheim and Russell Sage Foundations, her 2011 book is Envy Up and Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us.

Shelley E. Taylor is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. After a visiting professorship at Yale and assistant and associate professorships at Harvard University, she joined the faculty of UCLA in 1979. Her research interests are in health psychology, especially the factors that promote long-term psychological adjustment, and in social cognition. In the former capacity, she is the codirector of the Health Psychology program at UCLA. Professor Taylor is the recipient of a number of awards, most notably the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychology Award, a 10-year Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and an Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award in Health Psychology. She is the author of more than 200 publications in journals and books and is also the author of Social Cognition, Positive Illusions, and The Tending Instinct.

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'This fine textbook is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about social cognition specifically, or social psychology more generally. Students who have already taken a course in the latter will have an opportunity to reflect on ways that social thought and feelings (affect) influence social behaviour. However, those students who have never studied social psychology proper will be at no disadvantage if Social Cognition is their first exposure to it. Besides an index and references section, the text also has a helpful glossary containing definitions for the keywords interspersed throughout its 15 chapters. Instructors will find the work to be an excellent classroom resource - well written, scholarly, often humorous, sometimes wry, and full of excellent examples - as well as a helpful source to the burgeoning research touching on social thought, culture, and brain processes.'--Dana S. Dunn (12/09/2013)

'It's hard to be both cutting edge and introductory at the same time, providing a codification of the rich though short history of a field while laying out a future research agenda, but the combination of this latest edition of the landmark Social Cognition text with the newly minted Handbook of Social Cognition (and the forthcoming Major Works) does it all. Scholars and policy makers in law, medicine, education, and politics are becoming avid consumers of social cognition research precisely because it is the best existing guide to human nature, showing how people are more than meat machines or slaves to our past, illuminating the mechanisms by which we transform our external world to form meaningful bases for our acts and decisions in response to it'

John Bargh
Yale University

'If you are not afraid to renew your gaze at social cognition, or even social psychology, you must read this book.

It is fascinating to see how this book challenges topics we thought we knew perfectly, and how it introduces new knowledge with a sense of history'
Jacques-Philippe Leyens
Catholic University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve

'This book covers and illustrates the entire lifespan of social cognition research, thereby bridging it to theories in social psychology, to insights from social neuroscience and culture, and to various societal domains in which social cognition can make a real difference. It is a must-read for any scientist interested in the social mind'
Paul van Lange
VU University Amsterdam

'Since its very first edition, Social Cognition has been the undisputed bible of the field, and this new edition is the best one yet. Insightful, authoritative, and beautifully written by two of the field's most eminent researchers, it is an indispensable guide for students and scientists alike. The book that came first remains first'
Daniel Gilbert
Harvard University

'This is the latest edition of a classic volume that helped to establish the subfield of social cognition. Perfectly pitched and lucidly written, the book provides an engaging and highly informative tour of the heartland of social psychology'
Tony Manstead
Cardiff University

'This latest edition of the best overview of social cognition research somehow succeeds in lifting the bar higher still for its competitors. It is authoritative yet readable, and has depth as well as breadth -- an irresistible invitation to the field!'
Miles Hewstone
Professor of Social Psychology
University of Oxford, UK

'The must-have source for social cognition is now even better! Integrating insights from social, cognitive and cultural psychology as well as neuroscience, Fiske and Taylor provide a comprehensive framework for understanding how people make sense of themselves and others. The volume offers fresh, accessible and applicable answers to psychology's most pressing questions' -
Hazel Markus
Stanford University, USA

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