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Lecture 2

Lecture 2 - Origin of Stereotypes

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Michael Inzlicht

PSYC12 - Psychology of Prejudice Lesson 2 Class Question: How would we study the existence of racegender discrimination in car buying? o Get a bunch of people to actually go out and get quotes from different car dealerships. o Can look at what type of car people are recommending, not just price. o All about control, making sure all variables but what we are testing are the exact same. o Should be done in a natural setting (a dealership) not a lab. o Only manipulations should be the race and gender. Ayres and Siegelman did a study in 1995 trying to study exactly the above question: o Found that black males are offered the highest quoted price. o Females are also offered higher prices than white males! So why do we think salespeople would: o Ask more money from women? They may think women are not as knowledgeable about cars and so will offer a higher price thinking they will accept anyway. Perhaps because most salespeople are men, they offer their out group higher prices. o Ask more money from Blacks? People with lower power tend to want things which make them look richer or more powerful than they really are and so salespeople will use this to their advantage and offer higher prices. MOVIE! General comments about how racism affects us today. Blacks are STILL treated worst than whites in general but things are getting better. We are almost reaching equality and are certainly better than we were in the past. Origin of Stereotypes: o Cognitive Categorization: Gives us an understanding of what to expect in certain situations. In the case of stereotypes, it gives us an understanding of who they are, what theyre beliefs are, and
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