Nicholas W Sorensen

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UNLABELLED People perceive meaningful wholes and later separate out constituent parts (D. Navon, 1977). Yet there are cross-national differences in whether a focal target or integrated whole is first perceived. Rather than construe these differences as fixed, the proposed culture-as-situated-cognition model explains these differences as due to whether a(More)
This article reviews divergent empirical evidence on interracial contact. While research on diversity in higher education provides ample evidence for the educational benefits of engaging with diversity in informal interactions or courses, experimental and naturalistic studies in social psychology on interracial interactions reveal a complicated picture,(More)
People prefer their own initials to other letters, influencing preferences in many domains. The “name letter effect” (Nuttin, 1987) may not apply to negatively valenced targets if people are motivated to downplay or distance themselves from negative targets associated with the self, as previous research has shown (e.g., Finch & Cialdini, 1989). In the(More)
Background Teacher and principal evaluation systems now emerging in response to federal, state, or local policy initiatives typically require that a component of teacher evaluation be based on multiple performance measures. These measures must be combined to produce summative ratings of teacher effectiveness. The process of combining these metrics alone can(More)
Collectivism is a cultural syndrome, a network of norms, values, and ways of engaging the world embedded in practices, artifacts, institutions, language use and structure, and ways of making sense of history. A central theme of collectivism as a cultural syndrome is that relationships with relevant others and group memberships constitute the primary unit of(More)
Telemedicine is an evolving technology that is used for health education, health care administration, and health care distribution. The potential benefits of telemedicine include a decrease in travel expenses, improved continuity of care, and increased access to specialized consultants, thus meeting the needs of patients, practitioners, and communities.(More)
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