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Social Perception and Social Reality – Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Lee Jussim


This book contests the received wisdom in the field of social psychology that suggests that social perception and judgment are generally flawed, biased, and powerfully self-fulfilling. The book reviews a wealth of real-world, survey, and experimental data collected over the last century to show that, in fact, social psychological research consistently demonstrates that biases and self-fulfilling prophecies are generally weak, fragile, and fleeting. Furthermore, research in the social sciences has shown stereotypes to be accurate. The book overturns the received wisdom concerning social percept ... More

Keywords: social perception, judgment, bias, self-fulfilling prophesy, accuracy

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195366600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee Jussim, author
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

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