"You can't tell just by looking!": beliefs in the diagnosticity of visual cues explain response biases in social categorization.

@article{Lick2014YouCT,
  title={"You can't tell just by looking!": beliefs in the diagnosticity of visual cues explain response biases in social categorization.},
  author={David J. Lick and Kerri L. Johnson},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2014},
  volume={40 11},
  pages={1494-506}
}
Perceivers use visual information to categorize others into social groups. That said, anecdotal reports suggest that perceivers are more comfortable making some categorizations (race, sex) than others (sexual orientation) on the basis of such limited information, perhaps because they hold differing beliefs about the diagnosticity of visual cues to those categories. The current studies tested this hypothesis empirically. We first developed a new measure-the Diagnosticity Scale-to assess beliefs… CONTINUE READING

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