Articles

Varieties of social cognition

E. L. UHLMANN, D. Pizarro, P. Bloom

Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour

September 2008, vol. 38, n°3, pp.293-322

Departments: Management & Human Resources


Recent work within psychology demonstrates that unconscious cognition plays a central role in the judgments and actions of individuals. We distinguish between two basic types unconscious social cognition: unconsciousness of the influences on judgments and actions, and unconscious of the mental states (i.e., attitudes and feelings) that give rise to judgments and actions. Influence unconsciousness is corroborated by strong empirical evidence, but unconscious states are difficult to verify. We discuss procedures aimed at providing conclusive evidence of state unconsciousness, and apply them to recent empirical findings.


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