Social cognition: Information accessibility and use in social judgment

provides a social cognition perspective on selected issues in memory and problem solving / discusses cases in which the problem consists of generating an impression of another person or some aspect of one's self (from the introduction); when we interpret new information, or form a judgment about some person or social situation, what knowledge do we draw on / [focus] on one of the key topics in social cognition research, namely accessibility and use of information / review how fortuituous events may influence what comes to mind later on / review research on the accessibility and subsequent use of information stored in memory, focusing on how we make sense of ambiguous events in our social environment and how we form evaluative judgments about ourselves and others (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the chapter)