Social Cognition (12 hours)

Teacher: Giulia Andrighetto (CNR)

Social cognition is about how we understand and explain our own and others’ behavior, and how we explain social interactions in everyday life. Specifically, this course will focus on social norms and their dynamics, namely emergence, spreading, internalization and change. Social norms are informal rules that – independently from legal institutions – govern behavior in groups and societies. They regulate almost every aspect of our social life, from the act of leaving tips in restaurants at how we great each other. They are central also in resolving social dilemmas of different natures, like for example those related to pollution, conservation of natural resources, or participation and contribution to public affairs. They are invisible yet fundamental components of a society that have been defined the “grammar” of society.