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Unformatted text preview: e all had the experience of “getting off on the wrong foot” with a teacher or a boss and finding it difficult to change their constant perception of us. Third, the perceptual system also creates a consistent picture of the target. Perceptual consistency refers to the tendency to select, ignore, and distort cues in such a manner that they fit together to form a homogeneous image of the target. We strive for consistency in our perception of people. We do not tend to see the same person as both good and bad or dependable and untrustworthy. Often, we distort cues that are discrepant with our general image of a person to make the cues consistent with this image. To test your understanding of Bruner’s model, refer back to the example in Exhibit 3.3 and explain the role of selectivity, constancy, and consistency. In the next section, we consider some specific perceptual biases that contribute to selectivity, constancy, and consistency in our perception of people. Basic Biases in Person Perception For accuracy’s sake, it would be convenient if we could encounter others under laboratory conditions, in a vacuum or a te...
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