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Accuracy

Lee Jussim

in Social Perception and Social Reality

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195366600
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366600.003.0037
Accuracy

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This chapter reviews many of the reasons why accuracy is a controversial topic in social psychology. The historical interest in accuracy is briefly reviewed, as are some older reviews from the 1950s that, for 30 years, essentially killed accuracy research. Modern theoretical and political sources of objections to accuracy research are identified. These objections are themselves critically evaluated and, in general, are found to be more flawed than the accuracy research to which they object. Although some criticisms of accuracy research are well justified, none justify the claims (that have sometimes appeared) suggesting that accuracy research cannot or should not be conducted.

Keywords: accuracy; social perception; person perception; stereotypes; interpersonal expectations; interpersonal expectancies; error; bias; cognitive processes

Chapter.  13718 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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