The SAGE Handbook of Social Cognition is a landmark volume. Edited by two of the field’s most eminent academics over the past two decades and supported by a global advisory board of similar magnitude, 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, one that has just exploded in terms of published literature and methodological developments since that time. Now, Susan T. Fiske and C. Neil 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.
The Handbook is divided into four sections. Following an introductory piece by Neil Macrae looking at the ‘uniqueness of social cognition’, the second section explores basic and underlying processes of social cognition, from implicit social cognition and consciousness and meta-cognition to judgment and decision-making. The third explores 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. Finally, the fourth section is a critical and exciting exploration of the future directions in this field written by Susan Fiske.
The SAGE Handbook of Social Cognition will be an indispensable volume for any advanced student or academic wanting or needing to understand the landscape of social cognition research in the 21st century.