Social cognition is a set of cognitive and emotional processes through which we interpret, analyze, remember, and use information about the social world. It refers to how we think about ourselves, about other individuals and their behavior, about social relationships, and how we make sense of all that information and behave accordingly.
This means that social cognition refers to our thoughts about the social relationships we have throughout our life. As we build social relationships, we store information in our brain about these experiences. The interpretation of such information will determine our social behavior in the future.
Thanks to social cognition we are capable of interpreting other people’s emotions, of thinking about the cause of their joy or sadness, of placing ourselves in their shoes in a certain situation in order to know what are they thinking or how will they react if we do or say something specific.
At NeuronUP, the following two activities are very useful for training social cognition. The first activity (see left image) involves determining which reaction is the correct one for the given situation. The second activity (see right image) involves identifying the emotions shown in the images.