Dynamics and dilemmas in social psychology: social relations, identities and cognition

Jorge Vala*, Rui Costa-Lopes

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper aims to provide a systematised overview of the paradigmatic orientations in social psychology in Portugal by identifying the most cited publications. Results show that the eight most cited thematic are: (1) deviance and reactions to deviance, (2) methodology, (3) prejudice and discrimination, (4) gender studies, (5) risk, environment and safety, (6) information processing, social judgment, familiarity and mood, (7) social representations and (8) social justice and belief in a just world. These eight most salient thematics can be sorted into three current paradigmatic orientations in contemporary social psychology: (a) social cognition; (b) the study of collective beliefs, ideologies and social representations; and (c) the study of identity and its impact on intra- and intergroup processes. The paper finishes with a reflection on the future developments of the discipline and the dilemmas that social psychology in Portugal could face.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalPortuguese Journal of Social Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Collective beliefs
  • Identity
  • Social relations
  • Social representation


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