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Social Cognitive Processing

Human beings process information on a regular basis both automatically (unconscious processing) and in a controlled (conscious processing) or goal-directed manner. These dual modes of social cognitive processing influence your perception of others and social behavior. The research within the field of social psychology reveals that much of our behavior is automatic and comes in a variety of ways (Dijksterhuis, 2010). For example, a person might be aware of a subliminal message in advertising, yet he or she is unaware of the effect it may have on his or her responses. A controlled or conscious processing is characterized by controllability and awareness.

Give a brief description of an example of a conscious and example of an unconscious social cognitive processing you engaged in within the last 24 hours or 48 hours.
Explain one possible reason why each of the dual modes of processing occurred.
Explain one way each of the modes of processing impacted you. Be specific and use current literature to support your response.

Please give references.
One reference to used is: Dijksterhuis, A. (2010). Automaticity and the unconscious. In S. T. Fiske, D. T. Gilbert, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (5th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 228-267). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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Dear Student,

In this particular task, you are being asked to provide examples of conscious and unconscious social cognitive processing. I suggest using this outline:

1. Social cognitive Conscious act - what is it about, an example - 100 words
2. Social cognitive unconscious act - what is it about, example - 100 words
3. On dual modes of cognitive processing - 100 words
4. Impact explanation - 100 words

This should yield around 400 words which should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Conscious Social Cognition

The manner by which we understand ourselves and other people is the simple act of social cognition. It happens in infants when they study the faces of other people (Beer & Ochsner, 2006). It is the manner of decoding and encoding the social world wherein to make sense of who we are, where we are, who the people around us are, the completion of tasks and goals, we process information set through biological and learned mechanisms. These processes are either automatic or controlled, also determined to be conscious and unconscious cognition. Today for example I attended a ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of discussing and exploring the topic of social cognitive process as indicated in the original problem. Resources are listed for the purpose of further exploration of the topic.