Stereotypes and Empathic Accuracy 1 Reading Between the Minds : The Use of Stereotypes in Empathic Accuracy

An “ideal empathizer” may attend to another person’s behavior in order to understand that person, but it is also possible that empathically accurate perceivers use top-down strategies to understand others. We hypothesized that perceivers draw on stereotypes to infer others’ thoughts, and that stereotype use increases accuracy. Perceivers (N = 161) inferred… (More)