Insensitivity to Sample Bias : Generalizing From Atypical Cases

  title={Insensitivity to Sample Bias : Generalizing From Atypical Cases},
  author={Ruth Hamill and Timothy D Wilson},
Two experiments were conducted to determine whether subjects take into account the representativeness of a sample before generalizing from the sample to a population. Subjects were presented with vivid one-case samples of populations—a welfare recipient in one study and a prison guard in another. Subjects were then asked to rate the population (of welfare recipients or prison guards) on a number of dimensions. Exposure to the sample case influenced attitudes about the population whether… CONTINUE READING

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