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Social Perception and Social RealityWhy Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy$
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Lee Jussim

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366600.001.0001

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Historical, Political, and Conceptual Objections

(p.145) 10 Accuracy
Social Perception and Social Reality

Lee Jussim

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews many of the reasons why accuracy is a controversial topic in social psychology. The historical interest in accuracy is briefly reviewed, as are some older reviews from the 1950s that, for 30 years, essentially killed accuracy research. Modern theoretical and political sources of objections to accuracy research are identified. These objections are themselves critically evaluated and, in general, are found to be more flawed than the accuracy research to which they object. Although some criticisms of accuracy research are well justified, none justify the claims (that have sometimes appeared) suggesting that accuracy research cannot or should not be conducted.

Keywords:   accuracy, social perception, person perception, stereotypes, interpersonal expectations, interpersonal expectancies, error, bias, cognitive processes

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