Social Cognition


The main interest of the research is directed towards three areas of central importance to the understanding of social thinking:

Bias
A tendency to misperceive, misinterpret or misremember social information as a result of emotional pressure.

Coping
Ways in which we mentally handle emotional distress and the appraisal processes underlying coping.

Stereotypes
Mental constructions aimed to structure the social environment - thereby reducing mental effort. Contains our knowledge, beliefs, expectations and sometimes also feelings about a social group. When negative, exaggerated and over-generalized stereotypes may end up in prejudice and discriminative behavior.


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Last modified 12 Mar 2013

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Martin Bäckström
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Tel:
+46 46 222 01 79

Email:
Marin.Backstrom@psy.lu.se

Department of Psychology, Box 213, SE-221 00 Lund. Phone: +46 46-222 00 00, Fax: +46 46-222 42 09