Journal article

Maintaining stereotypes in communication: Investigating memory biases and coherence-seeking in storytelling

A Lyons, Y Kashima

ASIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

When communicating, a general tendency exists for people to transmit more stereotype consistent (SC) than inconsistent (SI) information. Although some communicative factors have been shown to play a role, it is still not yet known the extent to which general memory biases (i.e. independent of communicative context) contribute to this phenomenon. To examine this issue, and to explore further mechanisms of the bias, the present paper presents quantitative and qualitative data of an experiment involving the transmission of a stereotype-relevant story through 20 four-person chains using the method of serial reproduction. An SC bias emerged when participants had an intention to communicate but no..

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