Causal uncertainty and stereotype avoidance: The role of perceived category fit

Tobin, Stephanie J., Weary, Gifford, Brunner, Ryan P., Gonzalez, Jessica and Han, H. Anna (2009) Causal uncertainty and stereotype avoidance: The role of perceived category fit. Social Cognition, 27 6: 917-928. doi:10.1521/soco.2009.27.6.917

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Author Tobin, Stephanie J.
Weary, Gifford
Brunner, Ryan P.
Gonzalez, Jessica
Han, H. Anna
Title Causal uncertainty and stereotype avoidance: The role of perceived category fit
Journal name Social Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0278-016X
Publication date 2009-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1521/soco.2009.27.6.917
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 27
Issue 6
Start page 917
End page 928
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Guilford Publications
Language eng
Abstract Past research has found that high levels of causal uncertainty (CU) are associated with less reliance on available stereotypes. In the current research, we examined lack of category fit and a consequent movement along the impression formation continuum as the underlying process. Participants who were high or low in CU read about an honors student or junior. They learned 10 details: 5 suggested a low GPA and 5 suggested a high GPA. We found that high compared to low CU participants relied on the honors student stereotype less and predicted a lower GPA in the honors student condition. This effect was mediated by perceived typicality. High compared to low CU participants thought the target resembled a typical honors student to a lesser extent. In addition, an examination of participants' open-ended comments about the target revealed that high compared to low CU participants were further along the impression formation continuum.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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