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Stereotypical Processing: the Role of Environmental Context

Journal of Environmental Psychology

Author: Lawrence, C., Leather, P.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1999


This paper presents two studies investigating the stability of an occupational stereotype under different environmental conditions. Specifically it examines the maintenance and dilution of stereotypical judgements about licensees (pub managers) amongst undergraduate students. The results of the first study provide evidence for a context-free stereotype about public house licenses. However, results from the second study suggest that this stereotype is influenced by environmental conditions. That is, subjects do not simply continue to stereotype regardless of context, rather, under certain environmental conditions they individuate and reduce the impact of their stereotypical judgements. Implications for stereotype research and the role of environmental variables are made.

Further Details

Publish Dates: December 1999
Full Title: Journal of Environmental Psychology
Pages: 383-395
Volume: 19
Issue: 4
Accession Number: December, 2010
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 03/09/2013
Keywords: Mentalhousingenvironment
Reads: 164