Recognition bias and the physical attractiveness stereotype.

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Previous studies have found a recognition bias for information consistent with the physical attractiveness stereotype (PAS), in which participants believe that they remember that attractive individuals have positive qualities and that unattractive individuals have negative qualities, regardless of what information actually occurred. The purpose of this research was to examine whether recognition bias for PAS congruent information is replicable and invariant across a variety of conditions (i.e. generalizable). The effects of nine different moderator variables were examined in two experiments. With a few exceptions, the effect of PAS congruence on recognition bias was independent of the moderator variables. The results suggest that the tendency to believe that one remembers information consistent with the physical attractiveness stereotype is a robust phenomenon.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Psychology


  • Attitude, stereotype, memory, recognition-bias
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-246
JournalScandinavian Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch