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PS4049: THE SOCIAL MIND (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

The Social Mind details the psychological processes through people understand the self and others. Emphasis is placed a range of core topic in social cognition; including: stereotyping and prejudice, mind wandering, self-control, and mind perception.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Neil Macrae

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  • PS4549 The Social Mind (Studied)

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Course Description

Covering material primarily from experimental social psychology, the Social Mind explores the processes through which people understand both the self and others. Consideration is given to a collection of core topics in social cognition, with emphasis placed on how laboratory research can potentially inform important societal issues. For example, the Social Mind details: (1) the dynamics of prejudice and stereotyping; the costs and benefits of mind-wandering (i.e., daydreaming); the efficacy of self-control; and the processes through which people attribute minds to both humans and inanimate objects.   

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1200 Word Essay = 70%

Poster = 30%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandGain a critical understanding of the social mind and how it operates in everyday life.
ConceptualApplyBe able to situate contemporary social psychological research in a broader intellectual context.
ProceduralAnalyseUnderstand the mechanisms underlying social-cognitive functioning.
FactualEvaluateCritically evaluate research methods and experimental findings.

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