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Inequality, discrimination, and the power of the status quo: Direct evidence for a motivation to see the way things are as the way they should be.
How powerful is the status quo in determining people's social ideals? The authors propose (a) that people engage in injunctification, that is, a motivated tendency to construe the current status quoExpand
Evidence that gendered wording in job advertisements exists and sustains gender inequality.
Social dominance theory (Sidanius & Pratto, 1999) contends that institutional-level mechanisms exist that reinforce and perpetuate existing group-based inequalities, but very few such mechanisms haveExpand
On Social Stability and Social Change
More than a decade of research from the perspective of system-justification theory (Jost & Banaji, 1994) has demonstrated that people engage in motivated psychological processes that bolster andExpand
Seeking structure in social organization: compensatory control and the psychological advantages of hierarchy.
Hierarchies are a ubiquitous form of human social organization. We hypothesized that 1 reason for the prevalence of hierarchies is that they offer structure and therefore satisfy the coreExpand
The psychological advantage of unfalsifiability: the appeal of untestable religious and political ideologies.
We propose that people may gain certain "offensive" and "defensive" advantages for their cherished belief systems (e.g., religious and political views) by including aspects of unfalsifiability inExpand
Distrust and Simultaneous Activation of Multiple Categories
Two studies examined the effects of distrust on social categorization. In Study 1, undergraduate participants completed a distrust or neutral prime, watched a video of a Black or White doctor, andExpand
Perceiving Happiness in an Intergroup Context: The Role of Race and Attention to the Eyes in Differentiating Between True and False Smiles
The present research comprises six experiments that investigated racial biases in the perception of positive emotional expressions. In an initial study, we demonstrated that White participantsExpand
System justification: Experimental evidence, its contextual nature, and implications for social change
We review conceptual and empirical contributions to system justification theory over the last fifteen years, emphasizing the importance of an experimental approach and consideration of context.Expand
Changes in the Positivity of Migrant Stereotype Content
Complementing well-established antecedents of anti-migrant opinion (e.g., threat), we investigated how system-sanctioned ideologies—that is, the collection of beliefs and values espoused by theExpand