ERIC Number: ED221812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
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Social Cognition, Nonsocial Cognition and Interpersonal Processes in Adulthood.
Social cognition of adults, unlike children's social understanding, has rarely been addressed from a developmental viewpoint. To extend the developmental perspective to the study of adults' social cognitive skills in relation to other mental and social skills, 52 college students were compared in role taking performance and nonsocial cognitive performance. In addition, subjects' role taking ability was assessed in relation to an interpersonal capacity for intimacy in friendship relations, using the Feffer Role Taking Task instrument, a modified version of the Jourard and Laskow Self Disclosure Questionnaire, and a visual perspective talking task devised by Looft and Charles. As expected, the results revealed a weak and nonsignificant correlation between adults' role taking skills and their nonsocial cognitive abilities, as well as a strong positive association between role taking and level of intimacy in relations with same-sex peers. The findings suggest that further explorations of the links between social cognition and social behavior are needed. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (53rd, Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).