Identity, Belief, and Bias

Geoffrey L. Cohen

in Ideology, Psychology, and Law

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199737512
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918638 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

Identity, Belief, and Bias

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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

Chapter.  7866 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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