Psychological essentialism and attention allocation: preferences for stereotype-consistent versus stereotype-inconsistent information

Bastian, Brock and Haslam, Nick (2007) Psychological essentialism and attention allocation: preferences for stereotype-consistent versus stereotype-inconsistent information. Journal of Social Psychology, 147 5: 531-541.


Author Bastian, Brock
Haslam, Nick
Title Psychological essentialism and attention allocation: preferences for stereotype-consistent versus stereotype-inconsistent information
Journal name Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4545
Publication date 2007-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3200/SOCP.147.5.531-542
Volume 147
Issue 5
Start page 531
End page 541
Total pages 11
Place of publication Washington, U.S.
Publisher Heldref
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Abstract People who believe that human attributes are immutable (entity theorists) display preferences for stereotype-consistent over stereotype-inconsistent information (J. E. Plaks, S. J. Stroessner, C. S. Dweck, & J. W. Sherman, 2001). In this article, the authors argue that entity theories are components of broader sets of beliefs that represent differences between people in terms of underlying essences. Consistent with expectations, the authors found that measures of essentialist beliefs (i.e., in the biological basis, discreteness, informativeness, and inherence of human attributes) covaried with the presence of entity theories. Essentialist beliefs as a set were related to stronger preferences for stereotype-consistent information, and this effect was not reducible to the effect of entity theories. The authors propose that research on implicit person theories can be placed within an encompassing framework of psychological essentialism. Copyright Heldref Publications Oct 2007.
Keyword Behavior
Theory
Psychology
Personality traits
Stereotypes
Q-Index Code C1

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