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PSYC426 Social Cognition

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Exploration of theoretical and methodological issues in modern social psychology.

This paper addresses current issues and research in the study of social cognition and social influence.

Social cognition, a subtopic of social psychology, is the study of how information about other people - and about ourselves - is processed, stored and used in social judgements. This paper is an introduction to the major topics and methodologies of the field, including social categorisation, unconscious and "implicit" cognition, decision making, emotion, attitudes and prejudice. Lectures are interspersed with discussion, debate, guest speakers and original research opportunities to provide a broad and timely overview of the discipline.

Paper title Social Cognition
Paper code PSYC426
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $673.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,981.97

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PSYC 466

Entry into Psychology 400-level normally requires a major in Psychology, a B+ average or higher in Psychology 300-level papers, and a pass in PSYC 311 Quantitative Methods. We highly recommend that students have completed PSYC 310. Students from other universities must show evidence of an equivalent level of competence.


Professor Jamin Halberstadt (

Teaching staff

Professor Jamin Halberstadt

Paper Structure

Approximately two thirds of the paper involve lectures on core topics in social psychology. The remaining third is a combination of practical exercises in research design, data analysis, quality assessment, topical debates, and student research presentations.


All required and recommended reading to be provided electronically by the lecturer.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  • Understand and integrate the core issues and findings in social cognition
  • Engage in critical analysis and scientific discussion
  • Design, conduct and present original social psychological research

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22