Introduction: Social Cognition, Psychodynamic Psychology, and the Representation and Processing of Emotionally Significant Information


  • I would like to take this opportunity to offer a special thanks to Howard Tennen for his inspiration and support of this project, as well as to Steve West for his interest and encouragement.

regarding this manuscript may be addressed to Timothy J. Strauman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, B6/210 Clinical Science Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792-2475.


ABSTRACT This special issue examines two perspectives on how people comprehend and respond to significant features of their lives: psychoanalytic psychology and social cognition. The articles included present new empirical findings relevant to die overlap of psychoanalysis and social-cognitive psychology, as well as commentaries from each perspective. This introduction summarizes important conceptual and methodological challenges in the integration of two such distinct approaches to emotionally significant information.