The Psychology of Group Perception: Perceived Variability, Entitativity, and Essentialism

The Psychology of Group Perception: Perceived Variability, Entitativity, and Essentialism

The Psychology of Group Perception: Perceived Variability, Entitativity, and Essentialism

The Psychology of Group Perception: Perceived Variability, Entitativity, and Essentialism

Synopsis

The Psychology of Group Perception is focused on a central issue in social psychology, namely how social groups are perceived and thought about. The contributors are leading social psychologists who have all contributed in important ways to the psychology of group perception, focusing in particular on three interrelated issues: (1) whether groups are seen to be diverse or relatively homogeneous; (2) whether groups are seen as real and stable or only transitory and ephemeral; and (3) whether group membership derives from some essential quality of the members or rather is based on social constructions. These three issues are fundamental to group perception, as inferences from group membership are fundamentally affected by the perceived variability, entitativity, and essentialism of those groups. The chapters in the volume are divided into two major sections, with those in the first focusing on the relations among perceived variability, entitativity, and essentialism, and those in the second focusing more on the origins of variability, entitativity, and essentialism. This volume should be of interest to social psychologists and to those in other disciplines fundamentally interested in how we think about the groups to which we do and do not belong.

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Vincent Yzerbyt is a professor of psychology at the Catholic University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Dr. Yzerbyt received his Ph.D. from the University of Louvain in 1990 and has written and edited several books dealing with social cognition as well as journal articles on intergroup relations and stereotyping. He served as Associate Editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Dr. Yzerbyt is currently the President of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology.

Charles M. Judd is a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Judd received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1976, and was an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University until 1981. He is the former editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, as well as the associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Psychological Review.

Olivier Corneille graduated from the University of Liège, Belgium in 1992 and obtained his doctoral degree in psychology from the Catholic University of Louvain in 1996. He is currently a Research Associate at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research. His research is mainly concerned with the impact of categorization on social perception and behavior.

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