COGM305 Социално познание


The course is intended to provide an introduction to the main topics in social cognition, i.e. social perception, motivation, attitudes, stereotypes, embodiment, social judgment, and social neuroscience. The key research on the processing of social information will be discussed along with the recent developments in the field. The format of the meeting will be a seminar. Students will be encouraged to read, discuss and criticize the studies and theories of social cognition, covered in the course.

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Когнитивна наука (на английски език)


доц. Пенка Христова  д-р

Описание на курса:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• To know the main theories and research questions in the field of social cognition;

• To know the basic empirical paradigms used for studying social perception.

2) will be able to:

• To discuss and critically think about the existing theoretical account of social cognition;

• To formulate new and reasonably well-grounded in the social cognition field empirical questions;

• To test empirically their hypothesis, using the social cognition methodology.

Предварителни изисквания:
Students are required to have the following knowledge and/or skills:

• Knowledge in research methods in psychology and statistics

Форми на провеждане:

Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. Social Cognition – introduction; Distinctive characteristics of cognition being social; Representation of Social Knowledge
  2. Encoding of social information
  3. Activation and use of cognitive representation.
  4. Nonconscious and Automatic Processes
  5. Dispositional and Attributional Inferences
  6. Cross-cultural differences in attribution. Attribution and Implicit Theories
  7. Person Perception and Impression Formation. Context effects in impression formation
  8. Stereotype activation and use
  9. Stereotype acquisition and suppression
  10. The scaffolded mind: Higher mental processes are grounded in the early experience of the physical world
  11. Growing a social brain. The influence of SES and Loneliness on cognition.
  12. “Hot” cognition
  13. Cultural transmission via iterated learning.
  14. Presentation of experimental designs
  15. Presentation of experimental designs

Литература по темите:


• Hamilton, D. (2005). Key Readings in Social Psychology, Taylor &Francis Books

• Moskowitz (2005). Social Cognition: understanding self and others, Guilford Press

• Fiske, S. T., & Taylor, S. E. (2013). Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture. London: Sage.

• Todorov, A. (2017). Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.


• Dunning & Sherman (1997) Stereotypes and Tacit Inference, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 459-471

• Eagly, A. H., & Koenig, A. M. (2021). The vicious cycle linking stereotypes and social roles. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 30(4), 343-350.

• Melnikoff, D. E., & Bargh, J. A. (2018). The mythical number two. Trends in cognitive sciences, 22(4), 280-293.

• Stolier, R. M., Hehman, E., Keller, M. D., Walker, M., & Freeman, J. B. (2018). The conceptual structure of face impressions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(37), 9210-9215.

• Thomson, R., Yuki, M., Talhelm, T., Schug, J., Kito, M., Ayanian, A. H.,. . . Visserman, M. L. (2018). Relational mobility predicts social behaviors in 39 countries and is tied to historical farming and threat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115, 7521–7526.

Средства за оценяване:

Курсова работа - 60%

Участие в семинари - 40%