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PSYC 2310 Lecture Notes - Stereotype Threat, Chinese Fire Drill, Circadian Rhythm

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PSYC 2310
Saba Safdar

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March 26, 2013 PSYCH 2310 LECTURE
Based on Chapters 5 and 11 March 26, 2013
Well-Known Stereotypes
- Barbarian
o Def: A person living outside; a person not living in a Christian country
- Chinese fire drill
o Def: a state of chaotic; disorder
- Dutch treat
o Pay your own way
- excuse my French
o swearing/pardon my language links French language to negative
- Get your Irish up
o Temper ‘don’t get your Irish up’ – don’t get your temper up –
become angry or outraged
- Indian giver
o Give and take back
- Most stereotypes are objectionable because:
o The implicit ethnocentrism
You are implying that you are different by giving someone a
Example : Get your Irish up You imply that you are not Irish
and that you do not outrage.
Others are the abnormal, and not you.
o The implication that perceived differences are inborn and unalterable
You need to realize there are some implicit assumptions that
some groups are superior to others
- Lippmann (1922), a political journalist, described stereotype as the “pictures
in our heads”
o We have this mold of individuals in our head, and we apply that to any
member of that group we see.
How do Stereotypes Form?
- social categorization
o grouping people on the basis of gender, ethnicity, and other attributes
o consequences of categorical thinking is:
ingroup favouritism
outgroup homogeneity
Is stereotype Inevitable?
- stereotype as automatic process
o the short answer is yes, stereotype is inevitable
o subliminal presentation (Devine, 1989)
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