Stereotype formation and endorsement: The role of implicit theories.

  title={Stereotype formation and endorsement: The role of implicit theories.},
  author={Sheri R. Levy and Steven J. Stroessner and Carol S. Dweck},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
Five experiments supported the hypothesis that peoples' implicit theories about the fixedness versus malleability of human attributes (entity versus incremental theories) predict differences in degree of social stereotyping. Relative to those holding an incremental theory, people holding an entity theory made more stereotypical trait judgments of ethnic and occupational groups (Experiments 1, 2, and 5 ) and formed more extreme trait judgments of novel groups (Experiment 3 ). Implicit theories… 

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