Perceiving people as group members: The role of fit in the salience of social categorizations

  title={Perceiving people as group members: The role of fit in the salience of social categorizations},
  author={Penelope J. Oakes and John C. Turner and S. Alexander Haslam},
  journal={British Journal of Social Psychology},
It was hypothesized that the perceived social category membership of others becomes salient as a description and explanation of their behaviour where their attitudes ‘fit’ the social categorization. Fit is defined as the degree to which the attributes of others are perceived to correlate with group membership in a normatively consistent direction. In Expt 1 subjects viewed tape—slide presentations of six‐person groups where gender composition (‘solo’ or ‘collective’) and the pattern of… 

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