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Social Change/As Moskowitz notes, there exist "...general forces that shape social cognition, even though we remain naïve to their influence" (Moskowitz, 2005, p. 233). Social psychologists continue to study the social "forces" that influence how one thinks and in turn, how such thoughts impact behavior. This course has covered several areas of social cognition including the following: consider ways you might use your knowledge of social cognition for social change in your future role./ Reference: Moskowitz, G. B. (2005a). Attribution. In Social cognition: Understanding self and others (pp. 233-266). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

A explanation of two ways you might use social cognition to promote social change. Explain how you might incorporate social cognition into your future practice and research. Explain how you might use an element of social cognition in your daily interactions with others. Be specific and use examples.

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Dear Student,
Once again, thank you for your patience. In this particular task, you are being asked to incorporate social cognition to practice. How should you proceed with this problem? I suggest using this simple outline:

1. On Social Cognition - definition, relevance - 150 words
2. Use in daily interactions - 150 words, with examples
3. Used in practice - 150 words, with examples

This outline should yield 450 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies!

AE 105878/Xenia Jones
On Social Cognition

What are the elements that contribute and impact the way we think and eventually behave? Social cognitive theory posits that part of how we behave, how we are and what we eventually become can be attributed to what we observe in the realities that we are a part of, in the environment, the community, and the social groups that we move in. By observing, we copy, we replicate certain behaviors, certain ways of thinking, acting, speaking and even feeling. How successful we become with that replicated behavior, or the manner by which certain ways of behaving impacted us through observation becomes the basis of the success, failure and eventual adaptation and 'owning' of that behavior so that it becomes part of our cognitive repertoire, our own behavior that contribute to our individual ways of doing and thinking - our ...

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