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Krolak-Schwerdt, Sabine UL; Wintermantel, Margret

in Psychologische Rundschau (2004), 55(1), 11-18

In this paper, relations between text comprehension and social cognition are discussed. It is argued that theories and research methods from the domain of text comprehension are well suited to highlight ... [more ▼]

In this paper, relations between text comprehension and social cognition are discussed. It is argued that theories and research methods from the domain of text comprehension are well suited to highlight the processing of person information. In research on person memory and impression formation stimulus materials are used which typically consist of a listwise presentation of traits and/or behavior describing statements. In contrast, research on text comprehension yields evidence that a crucial component of successful comprehension is provided by relations between the statements. These induce a coherent and hierarchically organized structure rather than an unorganized list. It is argued that analyzing impression formation and social judgment from text descriptions of persons provides a superior approach to social cognition by representing the complexity of relations between person attributes and their cognitive representations more adequately. [less ▲]

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