The "modem" trend focuses upon the processes of perceiving and judging; the "early" studies concentrated upon the accuracy of perception or judgment. (Bruner & Tagiuri 1954, p. 640; original italics). Over a quarter of a century has passed since this characterization of the major concerns of those studying "social cognition" or the "knowing of people." As will be evident from our review of the recent literature in social cognition and social perception, progress is not noticeable if one measures it solely by trends. Indeed, the "early" trend of focusing on accuracy or "correctness" has simply regained its status as "modem" along with the focus on processes of perception and judgment. But doggedness in attacking fundamental problems is a healthy feature of any mature science. Progress depends more on how successful a field is in selecting, reconceptualizing, and investigating key aspects of their fundamental problems. Has social cognition obtained some preliminary answers to some important questions? The purpose of the present chapter is not to provide a general historical review of social cognition (e.g. Landman & Manis 1983, Ostrom 1984, Markus & Zajonc 1985) but to review recent progress. In selecting issues to review, we attempted to find a
Annual Review of Psychology – Annual Reviews
Published: Feb 1, 1987
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