Nonconscious Social Information Processing

Nonconscious Social Information Processing

1st Edition - January 1, 1986

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  • Author: Pawel Lewicki
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258225

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Nonconscious Social Information Processing presents a research program concerned with the processing of social information. It cannot be considered a typical social psychological research program, however, because it is not aimed at explaining any specific social psychological phenomena, nor are the cognitive processes studied specific to the processing of social information. The program explores complex or ""high level"" processing of information that is not mediated by conscious awareness, and social cognition seems to be an appropriate area in which to investigate this kind of processing. The research program began with observations which suggest that nonconscious acquisition and processing of information play a major role in human development and adjustment. The first two chapters discuss these observations and present preliminary theoretical assumptions. The subsequent chapters contain reports of 34 experiments on nonconscious information processing. The book is addressed not only to personality and social psychologists, but also to cognitive psychologists concerned with information processing in general. The former may find this research relevant because most of the experiments describe some mechanisms of acquisition and utilization of social information—problems they are working on themselves. The latter may want to ignore the specific stimulus material (i.e., social information) employed in most of the experiments and focus on the general nature of the cognitive mechanisms studied.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1 Starting Points

    Lay Observations and Common Intuitions

    Research on Nonconscious Cognitive Processes


    Chapter 2 Internal Processing Algorithms

    Processing Information of Covariations

    The Concept of Internal Processing Algorithms

    Memory Representation of IPAs

    Nonconsciousness of IPAs

    IPAs and Consciously Controlled Knowledge

    Development of IPA

    The Issue of Ecological Validity


    Chapter 3 Processing Covariations (I): Experiments Employing the "Matrix Scanning" Paradigm


    Experiment 3.1

    Experiment 3.2

    Experiment 3.3

    Experiment 3.4

    Conclusions 55


    Chapter 4 Processing Covariations (II): Experiments Employing Social Stimulus Material


    Experiment 4.1

    Experiment 4.2

    Experiment 4.3

    Experiment 4.4

    Experiment 4.5

    Experiment 4.6

    Experiment 4.7

    Experiment 4.8

    Experiment 4.9


    Chapter 5 Processing Covariations (III): Experiments with Small Children


    Experiment 5.1

    Experiment 5.2


    Chapter 6 Processing Covariations (IV): the Two-Stage Model


    Experiment 6.1

    Experiment 6.2

    Experiment 6.3

    Experiments 6.4, 6.5, 6.6

    Experiment 6.7

    Experiment 6.8

    Experiment 6.9

    Appendix: Stimulus Descriptions Employed in Experiments 6.1-6.6, 6.8, and 6.9


    Chapter 7 Nonconscious Generalization of Single Experiences


    Experiment 7.1

    Experiment 7.2

    Experiment 7.3

    Experiment 7.4

    Experiment 7.5

    Experiment 7.6

    Experiment 7.7

    Experiment 7.8


    Chapter 8 Processes of Activation of Specific Categories in Memory


    Experiment 8.1

    Experiment 8.2


    Chapter 9 Conclusions


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1986
  • Published: January 1, 1986
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258225

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