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Haslam I 238
Social Word/James: William James (…) famously wrote about the world as a ‘blooming buzzing confusion’ (James, 1890(1): 488), many psychologists believe that social perceivers are challenged by a confrontingly complex world and that, as a result, they need to shut some of this confusion out (even at the risk of oversimplifying it). >Simplification/psychological theories. See also Walter Lippman (1922)(2).
McGartyVsTradition: social perceivers instead seek to add to their stock of knowledge; (…)
Haslam I 239
they seek out subtleties and concealed insights. >Illusory correlation/McGarty.



1. James, W. (1890) Principles of Psychology. New York: Henry Holt & Co.
2. Lippmann, W. (1922) Public Opinion. New York: Harcourt Brace.



Craig McGarty, „Stereotype Formation. Revisiting Hamilton and Gifford’s illusory correlation studies“, in: Joanne R. Smith and S. Alexander Haslam (eds.) 2017. Social Psychology. Revisiting the Classic studies. London: Sage Publications


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S. Alexander Haslam
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Social Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies London 2017


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