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Recognition bias and the physical attractiveness stereotype.

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 239-246
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Volym: 53
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Wiley-Blackwell


Previous studies have found a recognition bias for information consistent with the physical attractiveness stereotype (PAS), in which participants believe that they remember that attractive individuals have positive qualities and that unattractive individuals have negative qualities, regardless of what information actually occurred. The purpose of this research was to examine whether recognition bias for PAS congruent information is replicable and invariant across a variety of conditions (i.e. generalizable). The effects of nine different moderator variables were examined in two experiments. With a few exceptions, the effect of PAS congruence on recognition bias was independent of the moderator variables. The results suggest that the tendency to believe that one remembers information consistent with the physical attractiveness stereotype is a robust phenomenon.


  • Psychology
  • Attitude
  • stereotype
  • memory
  • recognition-bias


  • Associative Learning
  • ISSN: 1467-9450

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