PSY2102 – Social cognition

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Course content

Social cognition is about how we understand and explain our own and others' behavior, and how we interpret positive and negative events in daily life. Social cognition is the interface between social psychology and cognitive psychology, with contributions from personality psychology, language, psychology and neuroscience. Key topics include:

  • Concepts, schemas and hypothesis as the basis of social perception.
  • Counterfactual thinking.
  • Affect and motives in social cognition.
  • How do we explain our own and others' behavior (attribution).
  • How do we create an impression of other people.
  • Stereotypes and implicit personality theories.
  • Social comparison.
  • Self-Perception and Identity.
  • Cultural differences in social cognition.

Learning outcome

The course will provide an overview of important research and theories in the field of social cognition.

You will:

  • Gain insight into the basic psychological processes that influence human interaction.
  • Get a broad overview of the field of social cognition and get to know important findings and their interpretation.

You should be able to:

  • Plan and conduct a simple research in social cognition.
  • Present research results.
  • Apply basic concepts and theories in social cognition to everyday experiences as well as to problems of intervention in various Fields.

General competence:
You should be able to:

  • Read advanced book chapters, which already require a good understanding of the basic concepts of social psychology.
  • Search for additional material yourself and to evaluate research.
  • Reflect on the relationship between theory and empirical findings.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


The teaching will be given through lectures and seminars (in connection with a research project). The teaching will be in English.

The seminar is compulsory. Attendance must be at least 9 of 12 times. We expect you to participate actively in the implementation and presentation of a research project.

The obligatory activity is valid for the two next semesters the course is offered.

More information about general guidelines for obligatory activities (only in Norwegian).

Information regarding change of seminar Group.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


3 hours written examination.

If you want to improve a previous passing grade in PSY2102 you do not have to pass the mandatory attendance. Please contact SV Student Affairs in order to register for the exam only. Deadline: February 1st (Spring).

Previous exams

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.



Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Ask for explanation of your grade in this course

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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