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A Guilty Look? Overcoming First Impressions in the Courtroom

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When deciding whether a defendant is guilty, people are often swayed by their first impressions, and it is surprisingly difficult to overcome this bias.

How We Judge Children Based on their Faces

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Despite warnings not to judge a book by its cover, we readily do so—even when forming first impressions of children.

Driving Under the Influence of Stereotypes: Stigma Consciousness

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People vary greatly in the degree to which they focus on the possibility of being stereotyped. Such stigma consciousness has consequences that could loom large in people’s daily lives.

Failure of Female Role Models Affects Beliefs about Women More Generally

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Role models are not superhuman, and they sometimes fail. Although we might accept their imperfections, we do not expect that other people will treat them the same.

Why People Often Overlook Discrimination against Themselves

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People who recognize discrimination as a general social problem often fail to detect and acknowledge discrimination when it is directed at, of all people, themselves.