ERIC Number: ED241835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Conceptions of Social Stimulation and Their Effect on Social Perception Processes.
Smith, David Lawson; And Others
The problems which emerge in a critical assessment of social perception research reflect limitations at both the theoretical and implementational levels. Traditionally, social perception research has focused on conscious, cognitive, and linguistic processes in studying the perception of psychological qualities of people. Such a focus leaves unresolved the issue of the adequacy of observable manifestations in providing information about their sources. Information obtained by social perceivers must be addressed at a physical (static and dynamic properties) and a phenomenal (behavior and actions) level. Traditional research has assumed that observed stimulation is not structured sufficiently to convey information for the perception of internal states and attributes. Under this assumption, investigative priority has been placed on the hypothetical mechanisms of social perception while neglecting the empirical issue of the information potential of social stimulation. Recent research proposes a shift from investigating internal processes to investigating the information potential of social stimulation. This is done through discovering the dynamics in stimulation, combining temporal order with spatial order, and discovering the action perception in patterns of movement. This more phenomenal approach recognizes the individual as an efficient and effective perceiver and re-establishes the focus of social perception research as discovering the relationship between man and his environment. (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Social Perception
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (63rd, San Francisco, CA, April 6-10, 1983).