Themes and Controversies in Social Cognition
CUE Guide Ratings (1998-99)
Time & Space
Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30
p.m., William James Hall
This seminar will explore research on
cognitive processes in social psychology by concentrating on pervasive themes
and perdurable controversies.
- I will begin each meeting with some organizing remarks. But this is
a seminar, not a lecture, and thus the bulk of each meeting will be
devoted to open discussion.
- Each student will prepare a brief “thought paper” that contains the
seed of a discussion, and deliver that paper to my mailbox on the 14th
floor of William James Hall by 9:00 a.m. each Thursday.
Students should have completed an
undergraduate course in social or cognitive psychology, and should have the
methodological expertise necessary to read original research articles.
Grades will be based on a combination of
- First, grades will be based on my subjective and fallible
assessment of the quality of each student’s contributions to the
discussions. Students who do not wish their performance to be evaluated
entirely on such bases may arrange an additional demonstration of their
competence by taking a written examination at the end of the term.
Requests for this method of grading must be made in writing by October 8,
- Second, each student will complete a project, due on January 15,
1999. Students are expected to consult with me about the form and content
of their projects well in advance of its execution. Although projects
traditionally take the form of papers, creative suggestions for
alternatives will be considered.
- Gilovich, T. (1991). How we know what isn’t so. New York,
NY: The Free Press. [selection: “Seeing what we expect to see,” pp. 49-72]
- Gilbert, D. T. (1994). Attribution and interpersonal perception. In
A. Tesser (Ed.), Advanced social psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
[Selection: pp. 126-141].
- Darley, J. M., & Gross, P. H. (1983). A hypothesis-confirming
bias in labeling effects. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,
- Snyder, M., Tanke, E. D., & Berscheid, E. (1977). Social
perception and interpersonal behavior: On the self-fulfilling nature of
social stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 35,
- Gilbert, D. T., & Jones, E. E. (1986). Perceiver-induced
constraint: Interpretations of self-generated reality. Journal of
Personality and Social Psychology, 50, 269-280.
- Gopnik, A. (in press). Theory of mind. In R. Wilson & F. Keil
(Eds.), The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Cambridge,
MA: Bradford/MIT Press.
- Dennett, D. (in press). The intentional stance. In R. Wilson &
F. Keil (Eds.), The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences.
Cambridge, MA: Bradford/MIT Press.
- Tomasello, M., Kruger, A. C., & Ratner, H. H. (1993). Cultural
learning. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 16, 495-511.
- Baron-Cohen, S. (1995). Mindblindness: An essay on autism and
theory of mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Selection: “Mindreading:
Nature’s Choice,” pp. 21-30]
- Griffin, D. W., & Ross, L. (1991). Subjective construal, social
inference, and human misunderstanding. In M. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in
experimental social psychology (Vol. 24, pp. 319-356). New York:
- Johnson, M. K., Kahan, T. L., & Raye, C. (1984). Dreams and
reality monitoring. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 113,
- Keysar, B., Barr, D. J, Balin, J. A., & Brauner. J. S. (1998). Egocentric
perspective in language comprehension. Unpublished manuscript,
University of Chicago.
- Petty, R. E., Cacioppo, J. T., Strathman, A. J., &
Priester, J. R. (1994). To think or not to think. In S. Shavitt, & T. C.
Brock (Ed.), Persuasion: Psychological Insights and Perspectives
(pp. 113-147). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
- Gilbert, D. T. (1991). How mental systems believe. American
Psychologist, 46, 107-119
- Ross, L., Lepper, M. R., & Hubbard, M. (1975). Perseverance in
self-perception and social perception: Biased attribution processes in
the debriefing paradigm. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 32, 880-892.
- Gilbert (1998). Ordinary personology. In D. T. Gilbert, S. T.
Fiske, & G. Lindzey, (Eds.), The handbook of social psychology
(4th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill. [Selection: p. 89-114 and 121-134]
- Jones, E. E., & Nisbett, R. E. (1972). The actor and the
observer: divergent perceptions of the causes of behavior. In E. E. Jones,
D. E. Kanouse, H. H. Kelley, R. E. Nisbett, S. Valins, & B. Weiner
(Ed.), Attribution: Perceiving the causes of behavior. Morristown,
NJ: General Learning Press.
- Ross, L., Amabile, T. M., & Steinmetz, J. L. (1977). Social
roles, social control, and biases in social-perception processes. Journal
of Personality and Social Psychology, 35: 485-494.
- Uleman, J. S. (1987). Consciousness and control: The case of
spontaneous trait inferences. Personality and Social Psychology
Bulletin, 13, 337-354.
- Fiske, S. T. (1998). Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.
In D. T. Gilbert, S. T. Fiske, & G. Lindzey, (Eds.), The handbook
of social psychology (4th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.
- Devine, P. G. (1989). Stereotypes and prejudice: Their automatic
and controlled components. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 56, 5-18.
- Macrae, C. N., Bodenhausen, G V. , Milne, A. B. , & Jetten, J.
. (1994). Out of mind but back in sight: Stereotypes on the rebound. Journal
of Personality and Social Psychology, 67, 808-817.
- Bem, D. J. (1970). Beliefs, attitudes, and human affairs.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co. [selection: pp. 50-66].
- Nisbett, R. E., & Wilson, T. D. (1977). Telling more than we
can know: Verbal reports on mental processes. Psychological Review, 84,
- Ross, M. (1989). Relation of implicit theories to the construction
of personal histories. Psychological Review, 96, 341-357.
- Strack, F., Martin, L. L., & Stepper, S. (1988). Inhibiting and
facilitating conditions of the human smile: A nonobtrusive test of the
facial feedback hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 54, 768-777.
- Lepper, M. R., D. Greene, & R. E. Nisbett. (1973). Undermining
children's intrinsic interest with extrinsic rewards: A test of the
"overjustification" hypothesis. Journal of Personality and
Social Psychology, 28, 129-137.
- Taylor, S. E. (1989). Positive illusions: Creative
self-deception and the healthy mind. NY: Basic Books. [Selections:
“Escape from reality: Illusions in everyday life,” pp. 3-45; “Creative
self-deception,” pp. 121-160.]
- Swann, W. B., Jr. (1996). Self-traps: The elusive quest for
higher self-esteem. NY: Freeman. [Selection: “The verified self,” pp.
- Berglas, S., & Jones, E. E. (1978). Drug choice as a
self-handicapping strategy in response to noncontingent success. Journal
of Personality and Social Psychology, 36, 405-417.
- Tesser, A., & Smith, J. (1980). Some effects of task relevance
and friendship on helping: You don't always help the one you like. Journal
of Experimental Social Psychology, 16, 582- 590.
- Bushman, B. J., & Baumeister, R. F. (1998). Threatened egotism,
narcissism, self-esteem, and direct and displaced aggression: Does
self-love or self-hate to violence? Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 75, 219-229.
- Gazzaniga, M. S. (1985). The social brain. New York: Basic
Books. [Selection: “Split Brain Studies: The early years,” pp. 27-46;
“Brain mechanisms and belief formation,” pp. 60-80]
- Wegner, D. M. (in press). The illusion of conscious will.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Selection: chapters. 1 & 2]
- Bargh, J., Chen, M., & Burrows, L. (1996). Automaticity of
social behavior: Direct effects of trait construct and stereotype
activation on action. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71,
- Cialdini, R. B. (1994). Interpersonal influence. In S. Shavitt
& T. C. Brock (Eds.), Persuasion: Psychological insights and
perspectives. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
- Gilbert, D. T. (in press). Ordinary personology. In D. T. Gilbert,
S. T. Fiske, & G. Lindzey, (Eds.), The handbook of social
psychology (4th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill. [Selection: pp. 134-140].
- Langer, E. J., Blank, A., & Chanowitz, B. (1978). The
mindlessness of ostensibly thoughtful action: The role of
"placebic" information in interpersonal interaction. Journal
of Personality and Social Psychology, 36, 635-642.
- Wilson, T. D., Lisle, D. J., Schooler, J. W., Hodges, S. D.,
Klaaren, K. J., & LaFleur, S. J. (1993). Introspecting about reasons
can reduce post-choice satisfaction. Personality and Social Psychology
Bulletin, 19, 331-339.
- Gilovich, T., & Medvec, V. H. (1995). The experience of regret:
What, when, and why. Psychological Review, 102, 379-395.
- Elster, J., & Loewenstein, G. (1992). Utility from memory and
anticipation. In G. Loewenstein & J. Elster (Eds.), Choice
over time. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- Gilbert, D. T., Pinel, E. C., Wilson, T. D., Blumberg, S. J., &
Wheatley, T. (in press). Immune neglect: A source of durability bias in
affective forecasting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
11. Social Cognition
- Swann, W. B. & Predmore, S. C. (1985). Intimates as agents of
social support: Sources of consolation or despair? Journal of
Personality and Social Psychology, 49, 1609-1617
- Baldwin, M. W., Carrel, S. E. , & Lopez, D. F. (1990). My
advisor and the Pope are watching me from the back of my mind. Journal
of Experimental Social Psychology, 26, 435-454.
- Wegner, D. M., Erber, R., & Raymond, P. (1991). Transactive
memory in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 61, 923-929.
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