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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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WACHELKE, João Fernando Rech  and  CAMARGO, Brigido Vizeu. Social representations, individual representations and behavior. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.3, pp. 379-390. ISSN 0034-9690.

This paper is a bibliographical review about social representations theory. Its objective is to present a global understanding about the theory and phenomenon of social representations, as well as the relationship given by individual and group in the theory, more specifically the relationships between social and individual representations and the relationships between social representations and behavior. Empirical studies and theoretical essays published in scientific international literature are taken as a basis. It is concluded that the theory has characteristics that make it close to a research paradigm and the relevance of investigating in depth the effects of interaction contexts with social objects and relationships between social and individual thinking is indicated.

Keywords : Social representations theory; Social cognition; Social thinking; Social behavior; Individual representations.

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