Expect the unexpected: failure to anticipate similarities leads to an intergroup forecasting error.

@article{Mallett2008ExpectTU,
  title={Expect the unexpected: failure to anticipate similarities leads to an intergroup forecasting error.},
  author={Robyn K. Mallett and Timothy D Wilson and Daniel T. Gilbert},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={94 2},
  pages={265-77}
}
People often expect interactions with outgroup members to go poorly, but little research examines the accuracy of these expectations, reasons why expectations might be negatively biased, and ways to bring expectations in line with experiences. The authors found that intergroup interactions were more positive than people expected them to be (Pilot Study, Study 1). One reason for this intergroup forecasting error is that people focus on their dissimilarities with outgroup members (Study 1). When… CONTINUE READING

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