Not all stereotypic biases are created equal: Evidence for a Stereotype-disconfirming bias

N.A. Wyer

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    Abstract

    Stereotype-confirming biases are well documented in the social psychological literature. However, motivations to disconfirm social stereotypes may be more influential for unprejudiced individuals. Three experiments are presented that test the hypothesis that extremely unprejudiced people exhibit a bias toward stereotype disconfirmation. Experiment 1 investigates stereotype disconfirmation in information-seeking preferences. Experiments 2 and 3 explore attributional strategies for stereotype disconfirmation. In all experiments, unprejudiced participants respond in ways reflecting a motivation to disconfirm social stereotypes. Implications for stereotype change and stereotypic influences on judgment and behavior are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)706-720
    JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
    Volume30
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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