The Influence of Perspective Taking on Stereotyping: The Moderation of Need for Cognitive Closure

[Speaker] Sun, Shan:1
[Co-author] Wu, Yang:1, Zuo, Bin:1, Wen, Fangfang:1
1:Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

Previous research debated on whether taking the perspective of a target may lower one's stereotyping of the target, and the empirical evidence contradicted each other. The current study aimed to investigate the moderating role of perspective taker's need for cognitive closure (NFC) in the influence of perspective taking on stereotyping. In Experiment 1, after taking the perspective of the elderly, people with high NFC used more stereotypic traits in describing the elderly, whereas those low in NFC use significantly less. In Experiment 2, people with high NFC have higher level of stereotype accessibility, as compared with people with low NFC.
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