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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (11): 1691-1707.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01691

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The Evolution, Tendency, and Theoretical Construction of Chinese Social Cognition Research

LI Yu1,2; WANG Pei1; SUN Lianrong3   

  1. (1 Department of Psychology, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 510631, China) (2 Department of Psychology, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China) (3 Department of Psychology, Tianhua College, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 201815, China)
  • Received:2013-07-11 Online:2014-11-15 Published:2014-11-15
  • Contact: WANG Pei, E-mail:


Social cognition refers to individual's perception and comprehension to social object, social phenomenon and their relations. According to the object, social cognition can be divided into self-cognition, interpersonal cognition, intergroup cognition and social events cognition with social decision as the core. Domestic scholars have carried out a series of beneficial explorations focused on above four aspects, which made a pioneering contribution to the research of the Chinese social cognition. However, no matter in terms of theoretical construction, research paradigm and research content, amount of studies followed overseas studies’ precondition and category, that is “own-based cognition”. These studies broke away from the basis of the breed of Chinese social cognition – the traditional cultural based on “differential pattern” and the cultural in the context of current dramatic social change. Through combing and integrating the studies which related to the subject of social cognition, we found that the fundamental characteristic of Chinese social cognition is “he-based cognition”, and it reflects as “intergroup cognition (hierarchy cognition)” which derived and developed from “differential pattern” cultural. And then, around the main line of “intergroup cognition”, we try to interpret and construct the theoretical framework of Chinese social cognition. This study, which can promote the research of Chinese social cognition, has profound theoretical significance and practical significance.

Key words: social cognition, own-based cognition, he-based cognition, intergroup cognition, hierarchy cognition