Are stereotypes accurate? A perspective from the cognitive science of concepts

Lin Bian, Andrei Cimpian

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Abstract

In his 2012 book, Jussim suggests that people's beliefs about various groups (i.e., their stereotypes) are largely accurate. We unpack this claim using the distinction between generic and statistical beliefs - a distinction supported by extensive evidence in cognitive psychology, linguistics, and philosophy. Regardless of whether one understands stereotypes as generic or statistical beliefs about groups, skepticism remains about the rationality of social judgments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere3
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume40
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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