Social cognition is a sub-area of psychology that deals with how people understand each other and their behaviour, emotions and thoughts in the social context. It is the ability to process, hoard and apply information about other people and social situations. In the ever-evolving world, the only thing that remains constant is human interaction. Social cognition, thus, becomes the basis of human interaction as it leads us to manage our emotions and helps understand social phenomena in a better way.
Social cognition also plays a crucial role in a child’s emotional and social development, enabling them to face the challenges of the real world and live and function in a better way, both personally and professionally. In their early years, children explore their environment and learn new ways to function. They go through a transition and soon, learn to interact and cooperate with others, manage their emotions and conform to the norms of behaviour. A child with well-developed social cognition skills becomes good at interaction and at communicating ideas/thoughts and messages to others. Social cognition helps children to recognise and react to emotion inflicting stimuli and plays a prime role in a child’s development.
Ms. Shreya Sanghvi
Advisor at Next School