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Holistic Thinking Style

A type of thinking in which people focus on the overall context, particularly the ways in which objects relate to each other; this type of thinking is common in East Asian cultures (e.g., China, Japan, and Korea)


Analytic Thinking Style

A type of thinking in which people focus on the properties of objects without considering their surrounding context; this type of thinking is common in Western cultures


Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The case wherein people have an expectation about what another person is like, which influences how they act toward that person, which causes that person to behave consistently with people’s original expectations, making the expectations come true



Mental structures people use to organize their knowledge about the social world around themes or subjects and that influence the information people notice, think about, and remember



The process by which recent experiences increase the accessibility of a schema, trait, or concept


Availability Heuristic

A mental rule of thumb whereby people base a judgment on the ease with which they can bring something to mind


Planning Fallacy

The tendency for people to be overly optimistic about how soon they will complete a project, even when they have failed to get similar projects done on time in the past


Counterfactual Thinking

Mentally changing some aspect of the past as a way of imagining what might have been


Representativeness Heuristic

A mental shortcut whereby people classify something according to how similar it is to a typical case


Automatic Thinking

Thinking that is nonconscious, unintentional, involuntary, and effortless


Social Cognition

How people think about themselves and the social world; more specifically, how people select, interpret, remember, and use social information to make judgments and decisions


Base Rate Information

Information about the frequency of members of different categories in the population


Controlled Thinking

Thinking that is conscious, intentional, voluntary, and effortful


Judgmental Heuristics

Mental shortcuts people use to make judgments quickly and efficiently



The extent to which schemas and concepts are at the forefront of people’s minds and are therefore likely to be used when making judgments about the social world