Pattern of disconfirming information and processing instructions as determinants of stereotype change

Hewstone, M. and Hassebrauck, M. and Wirth, A. and Wänke, M.. (2000) Pattern of disconfirming information and processing instructions as determinants of stereotype change. British Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 39, Part 3. pp. 399-411.

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This experiment examined the effects of pattern of disconfirming information (concentrated vs. dispersed) and processing instructions (focus on similarities vs. differences vs. control) on stereotype change. If subtyping and perceived typicality are central tu thr stereotype change process, then processing instructions designed to affect these processes should affect stereotyping. There was lower stereotyping when perceivers focused on similarities between group members, and after exposure to a dispersed pattern of disconfirming information. Only the: main effect of pattern was mediated by the perceived typicality of disconfirmers, but not by an index of subtyping based on clustering of information from disconfirmers in recall. Results support a model of stereotype change in terms of the impact of disconfirming group members who, are also seen as typical of the group; subtyping of extreme disconfirmers may work in parallel, or later, and contribute to the long term maintenance of a stereotype.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Sozial- und Wirtschaftspsychologie (Wänke)
UniBasel Contributors:Wänke, Michaela
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:British Psychological Society
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:45

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