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Social Psychology - Social Psychology Impressions People...

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Social Psychology Impressions People form impressions about others through the process of person perception . People’s physical appearance strongly influences the way they are perceived by others. People are particularly influenced by physical attractiveness and baby-faced features . Social schemas affect how people perceive events and other people. Stereotypes and Prejudice Stereotypes are beliefs about people based on their membership in a particular group. Stereotypes tend to be difficult to change. Stereotyping has some important functions, but it can also distort reality in dangerous ways. Evolutionary psychologists believe that people evolved the tendency to stereotype because it gave their ancestors an adaptive advantage. A prejudice is a negative belief or feeling about a particular group of individuals. Prejudice is pervasive because it serves many social and psychological functions. Researchers find it difficult to measure prejudice. They often measure implicit rather than explicit prejudice . People who identify strongly with their ingroup are more likely to be prejudiced against people in outgroups .
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