The SAGE Handbook of Social Cognition is a landmark volume. Edited by two of the field’s most eminent academics and supported by a distinguished global advisory board, the 56 authors – each an expert in their own chapter topic – provide authoritative and thought-provoking overviews of this fascinating territory of research. Not since the early 1990s has a Handbook been published in this field, now, Fiske and Macrae have provided a timely and seminal benchmark; a state of the art overview that will benefit advanced students and academics not just within social psychology but beyond these borders too. Following an introductory look at the ‘uniqueness of social cognition’, the Handbook goes on to explore basic and underlying processes of social cognition, from implicit social cognition and consciousness and metacognition to judgment and decision-making. Also, the wide-ranging applications of social cognition research in ‘the real world’ from the burgeoning and relatively recent fields of social cognitive development and social cognitive aging to the social cognition of relationships are investigated. Finally, there is a critical and exciting exploration of the future directions in this field.
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