Monday, May 9, 2011
Sean Alexander - Stereotype
In a study by Michael Sunnafrank at the University of Minnesota, a group of college students were documented from the point they first met each other to about nine days. Sunnafrank thought that the first impressions the students had of each other would dilute as they were given more opportunities to get to know each other. The reality was that, regardless of anything new they learned, if the students had a negative or positive first impression then the relationship followed that immediate reaction.
Everything isn't black and white but in a society where we judge instantaneously and then refuse to change that judgement even though we might have similar interests, it's easy to see why stereotypes are a big part of our culture.
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