Taking a Look at Social Cognition

1777 WordsFeb 24, 20187 Pages
Social cognition is a fascinating topic which stands at the threshold of much important sociological research. Researchers have spent considerable amounts of time exploring the encoding and processing of social cues in “aggressive children’s” interactions with other people. They hypothesize – and studies tend to support the idea – that these children feature disproportionately aggressive responses to certain social cues. Two studies conducted in the 1980’s explain the existence of poor social cognition skills – or at least poor social reactions – in aggressive children. Both of these studies did, in fact, find that the more aggressive male children respond more aggressively in two specific situations. An aggressive child is one who frequently answers certain social cues with aggressive verbal, physical or emotional reactions. The aggressive boys reacted aggressively when 1) prompted with an aggressive cue, and 2) prompted with an ambiguous cue. Nonaggressive boys did not feature this skewed reaction to ambiguous prompts. These trends suggest that aggressive boys do not only react aggressively in situations which are less clearly threatening, but also that aggressive boys are significantly more likely to attribute aggressive intentions to the actions of other peers. This second observation is also specifically in cases which feature ambiguous cues. Based on this last finding, it was also determined that environmental conditions – specifically threatening ones – have a
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