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Ideology, Psychology, and Law$
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Jon Hanson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737512.001.0001

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Identity, Belief, and Bias

Identity, Belief, and Bias

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(p.385) Chapter 11 Identity, Belief, and Bias
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Ideology, Psychology, and Law
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Geoffrey L. Cohen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737512.003.0015

This chapter presents research on the social psychology of identity and belief. Beliefs tied to long-held identities resist change and bias the processing of new information. Theoe phenomena help explain defensive denigration of victims of social problems, resistance to persuasion, intransigence in negotiation, and discrimination in hiring decisions. In each case, intervention strategies based on a social-psychological analysis provide a potential remedy.

Keywords:   assimilation bias, victim blaming, top-down processing, self affirmation, colorblindness, constructed criteria

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