"Do I know you?" The role of significant others in general social perception.

@article{Andersen1990DoIK,
  title={"Do I know you?" The role of significant others in general social perception.},
  author={Susan M K Andersen and Steve W. Cole},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1990},
  volume={59 3},
  pages={384-99}
}
This research used an idiographic method to examine the proposition that significant others are mentally represented as well-organized person categories that can influence social perception even more than representations of nonsignificant others, stereotypes, or traits. Together, Studies 1 and 2 showed that significant-other representations are richer, more distinctive, and more cognitively accessible than the other categories. Study 3 replicated the accessibility data and gauged inferential… CONTINUE READING