Emotion and Social Cognition (HP)

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Doel vak

Social cognition investigates the dynamics of people's thoughts, flings,
and behaviors as they occur in everyday social situations. Some of the
key questions in social cognition research are:

- How do people infer traits from the behavior of others?
- How do various kinds of stereotypes and prejudice influence our
judgments of and behavior towards others? What role does language play
in communicating stereotypes?
- Which factors shape how we think and feel about ourselves?
- What is the influence of the unconscious in our everyday judgments and

Social cognition thus challenges us to reassess our intuitions and
preconceptions about our own and others' behavior.

Inhoud vak

This course is about how we think (cognition) and feel (emotion) about
others. The course consists of lectures and students will perform a
study with their workgroup. Each workgroup consists of four persons.
Workgroups will be given a recent target article in the area of social
cognition from the lecturer. They will design an experiment and present
this proposal to the other students. This course has the following
learning goals:

- To be able to describe and understand the most important topics and
approaches in the field of Social Cognition.
- To be able to think critically about design of experiments.
- To be able to explain results from a study and link these results to
- To be able to construct and provide scientific arguments when
discussing research findings.


- Lectures
- Workgroup meetings
- Perform research study with workgroup
- Workgroup papers and presentations of the research
- Workgroup meetings with lecturer


- The final grade for this course is composed of an exam grade, which
accounts for 70%, and a grade for the workgroup project, which counts
for 30%. To pass the course students need to have a 6 or higher for the
exam and a 6 or higher for the workgroup assignment.
- For the exam, students have to study the complete book, the lecture
material, research articles and the material discussed by their own
workgroup. The exam will contain 40 multiple choice questions (a,b,c,d),
which accounts for 60% of the exam grade, and will contain 4 open-ended
questions, which will account for 40% of the exam grade.
- The lecturer will give feedback on the research proposals and
presentations and will grade them. The grade for the workgroup project
will also takes into account the quality of the experiment.
- Papers and presentations have to be in English and everybody has to
present a part.
- Partial grades for the workgroups and for the exam remain valid for 2


• Fiske, S. T., & Taylor, S. E. (2017). Social cognition: From brains to
culture (3rd edition). Sage.
• Several scientific articles.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

It is assumed that basic concepts of Social Psychology (introduced in
the first year bachelor program of psychology) are known.

Algemene informatie

Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Fac. der Gedrags- en Bewegingswetensch.
Vakcoördinator dr. K. Mortier
Examinator dr. K. Mortier
Docenten dr. K. Mortier

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