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date: 11 July 2020

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This chapter focuses on the ideas, publications, and events that contributed to the emergence of social cognition. It traces early developments in the history of psychology, as well as in cognitive and social psychologies, that served as a foundation for the field and describes some of the initial empirical work in social cognition that suddenly blossomed in the latter half of the 1970s. It is argued that the social cognition approach represents a merging of a number of important ideas and trends, including the historical cognitivist orientation of social psychology, Gestalt theory principles, and the inception of modern cognitive psychology.

Keywords: social cognition, history of psychology, Gestalt theory

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