Inferential beliefs and order effects in personality impression formation

James J. Jaccard, Martin Fishbein

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Describes a study with 121 female undergraduates which investigated (a) the role of inferential beliefs in the impression formation process and (b) order effects. It was found that consideration of a S's inferential beliefs significantly increased prediction of the evaluative impression formed by Ss. 4 possible explanations of order effects were considered. Results tend to restrict further the discounting notion and are not supportive of an attention decrement, directed impression, or serial learning explanation. (26 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1040
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1975


  • inferential beliefs &
  • order effects, personality impression formation, female college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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