Are Stereotypes Useful?
Monday, August 15th, 2016 | Author:

An interesting discussion.  Two words to generally avoid: Always and Never.

Apparently there’s a debate in psychology about the accuracy of stereotypes. Lin Bian and Andrei Cimpian write: In his book Social Perception and Social Reality, Lee 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 …

Generic beliefs about social groups, just like other generic beliefs, are typically removed from the underlying statistics.

Source: Are stereotypes statistically accurate? 

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