Social perception: definition and explanation of social perception

Social perception: Definition and explanation


What is social perception?

Social perception refers to the ability to make accurate interpretations and inferences about other people from their general physical appearance, verbal, and nonverbal patterns of communication. Things like facial expressions, tone of voice, hand gestures, and body position or movement are all ques people with higher levels of social perception pick up on to work out what other people are thinking, feeling or are likely to do next. (Aronson et al, 2010)

Having at least one person with higher levels of social perception on a team has been found to increase the likelihood of better performance of the team and of the team developing collective intelligence. (Chikersal, Prerna, et al., 2017)

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Chikersal, Prerna, et al. (2017) “Deep Structures of Collaboration: Physiological Correlates of Collective Intelligence and Group Satisfaction.” Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017). 2017.

Gwen M. Wittenbaum, Garold Stasser, and Carol J. Merry. (1996). Tacit coordination in anticipation of small group task completion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 32, 2: 129–152.

Anita Williams Woolley and Ishani Aggarwal. Collective intelligence and group learning. In Handbook of Group and Organizational Learning, Linda Argote and J. M Levine (eds.). Oxford University Press, London, UK.

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