Lee Jussim

Professor of Social Psychology, Rutgers University

Lee Jussim is a professor of social psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has published widely on social perception, accuracy, self-fulfilling prophecies and stereotypes. His latest book is Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (2012).

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Truth in stereotypes

Lee Jussim

Show Me the Data

First, I appreciate the interest and even the passion that this article seems to have generated. Second, although I cannot respond to each and every individual, this response here is my attempt to cover most of the territory in the comments so far.

A number of the commenters provide definitions of stereotypes that are quite different from the one commonly used in psychological research. I have to thank the commenters for leading me to realize, “Oh my, after debunking existing definitions of stereotypes as logically incoherent, I never provided my own in this essay!”

So here is my definition, which is one of the most common in psychology: A st...

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