The intelligence of stereotypes

The theory seems obvious: since stereotypes are just beliefs about groups, having more accurate stereotypes would be expected to be related to intelligence, just as having more accurate beliefs on most other topics relates to intelligence. The theoretical expectation of stereotype accuracy and intelligence is stronger because it’s a direct test of pattern recognition with…

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Replication crisis/decline effect in 1979

I was doing some work on my first name study preparing it for publication and was reading some old papers. McDavid, J. W., & Harari, H. (1966). Stereotyping of names and popularity in grade-school children. Child Development, 453-459. The relation between rated social desirability of first names and socio- metric popularity status in elementary-school children…

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AI stereotype accuracy too

Identity between humans of all groups and non-human AI demonstrates IAT reflects statistical pattern detection rather than bias t.co/h6S2PChi0N — Timothy Bates (@timothycbates) April 14, 2017 Humans have stereotypes, that is, they hold beliefs about groups of people. When examined, these beliefs tend to reflect reality quite well, sometimes very well (for review, see Jussim’s…

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Stereotypes are relevant for judgments about individuals even when one has individualized information

Title says it all. Apparently, some think this is not the case, but it is a straightforward application of Bayes’ theorem. When I first learned of Bayes’ theorem years ago, I thought of this point. Back then I also believed that stereotypes are irrelevant when one has individualized information. Alas, it is incorrect. Neven Sesardic…

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