Social Cognition

How do people think about people? This is a big question, and social cognition has grown into a big field that spans much of social psychology, personality psychology, and developmental psychology—and offers a unique perspective on cognitive psychology as well. Here you'll find an early textbook on social cognition and a variety of papers offering general perspectives on the field.


  • Gray, K., & Wegner, D. M. (2010). Torture and judgments of guilt. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 233-235.
  • Kozak, M., Marsh, A. A., & Wegner, D. M. (2006). What do I think you're doing? Action identification and mind attribution. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 543-555.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Gilbert, D. T. (2000). Social psychology—the science of human experience. In H. Bless & J. P. Forgas (Eds.), Subjective experience in social cognition and behavior (pp. 1-9). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Bargh, J. A. (1998). Control and automaticity in social life. In D. Gilbert, S. T. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (4th ed, Vol. 1, pp. 446-496). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Hodges, S., & Wegner, D. M. (1997). Automatic and controlled empathy. In W. J. Ickes (Ed.), Empathic accuracy (pp. 311-339). New York: Guilford.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Smart, L. (1997). Deep cognitive activation: A new approach to the unconscious. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 984-995.
  • Wegner, D. M., Coulton, G., & Wenzlaff, R. (1985). The transparency of denial: Briefing in the debriefing paradigm. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 49, 382-391.
  • Swann, W. B., Jr., Giuliano, T., & Wegner, D. M. (1982). Where leading questions can lead: The power of conjecture in social interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 42, 1025-1035.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Giuliano, T. (1982). The forms of social awareness. In W. J. Ickes & E. S. Knowles (Eds.), Personality, roles, and social behavior (pp. 165-198). New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Vallacher, R. R. (1981). Common sense psychology. In J. Forgas (Ed.), Social cognition: Perspectives on everyday understanding (pp. 225-246). London: Academic Press.
  • Wegner, D. M., Wenzlaff, R., Kerker, R. M., & Beattie, A. E. (1981). Incrimination through innuendo: Can media questions become public answers? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 40, 822-832.
  • Wegner, D. M. (1977). Attribute generality: The development and articulation of attributes in person perception. Journal of Research in Personality, 11, 329-339.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Buldain, R. W. (1977). Attribute generality and the inference process in impression formation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 3, 91-94.
  • Wegner, D. M., & Vallacher, R. R. (1977). Implicit psychology: An introduction to social cognition. New York: Oxford University Press. Japanese translation by Sogensha, 1988.