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Intergroup Bias and Dual Processing

Research on stereotypes is relatively new; however, it constitutes a sizable body of research with emphasis on stereotype formation, accuracy, measurement, and implications. Stereotypes can be defined as expected traits within a group of people based on some prior knowledge of, or assumptions about, groups of people. Intergroup bias occurs when people categorize traits or people into certain groups, favor groups that are similar to them, and rationalize group traits. While the bias might be outside of one's cognitive awareness it can nonetheless distort judgment. Consistent with the dual process model discussed early in this course, intergroup bias is the product of both automatic and controlled social cognitive processing and stereotypes can range from subtle to blatant in form (Aronson & McGlone, 2009, page 154). Pay particular attention to how automatic processing and systematic processing might have impacted the stereotype formation presented.

Describe one blatant stereotyping behavior and one subtle stereotyping behavior depicted in the media. Explain one way automatic processing might have impacted stereotype formation and one way controlled processing might have impacted stereotype formation and how. As the supervisor in the scenario, explain one way you might mitigate blatant and subtle stereotyping behavior. Use the current literature to support your response.

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In this particular task, you are being asked to talk about stereotypes from the perspective of processing methods. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Stereotyping & examples - 150 words
2. Processing impact on stereotyping formation - 150 words
3. Mitigating blatant and subtle behavior - 100 words

This outline should yield around 400 words which should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resource to further explore the topic.


Stereotyping is a thought or an attitude that can be adopted or practiced consciously/unconsciously about particular people or types of people or the way things are done. This thought or attitude is like a belief which means that it is not necessarily reflective of the true realities. Often, a stereotype is based on cultural or group realities. From the Greek words 'stereos' - meaning 'solid' and 'typos' - meaning impression, it refers to the manner by which we have come to 'perceive' and then made solid 'lenses of judgments' that we use every time we are confronted with images or people that remind us of those certain characteristics and impressions of that particular incident or series of experiences that have led us to construct a particular 'lens of judgment' - a stereotype. There are 2 kinds of stereotype behavior primarily - it could be blatant or subtle. A stereotype is cognitive in that the 'lens' which we use to perceive the likely kind of person we are observing would, based on our cognitive experience, likely fall into a particular kind. We do this cognitively not to particularly discriminate but to make sense of the world - it is a tool that we utilize to categorize, simplify and systematize information to help us react effectively then plan our actions and predict based on this. Stereotypes could be blatant or subtle. As a cultural experience, stereotypes could have intergroup origins, based on the collective experience of a group of people with a shared history and experience of particular 'types'. For example, high school 'culture' constructs stereotypes of nerds, jocks and cheerleaders.

Blatant biases are forceful and displayed for the world to see (Keene, 2011).When person displays ...

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The solution examines intergroup bias and dual processing.