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Advances in Psychological Science    2012, Vol. 20 Issue (8) : 1180-1188     DOI:
Special Section of Folk Psychology |
Implicit Theories and Group Relation
GAO Cheng-Hai;HOU Ling;LV Chao;WAN Ming-Gang
(1 Department of Education, Longnan Teachers College, Chengxian 742500, China)
(2 Research Center for Education of Northwest Ethnic Minorities, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China)
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Abstract  The implicit theory, for the laical, is a simple explanation of the social world. People’s understanding of the attributes of the social categorizations (e.g. race, religion, gender, occupation. etc.) have an important influence on individual’s processing, judgment and reaction to the group information. And which can also forecast group process notably, e.g., stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, Meanwhile, the understanding also moderates the psychological effects of social identification, which also makes up the consideration in the process of society identify with individual diversity, and it has important contribution to the development of the social identity theory. And demonstration research shows that in the practice of improving and promoting to group relation, implicit theories could be used as an agency to reduce the stereotype and prejudice, and thus foster better group relation. In the future studies, there is a need to integrate the conceptions of the implicit theories, and adopt some longitudinal studies to provide scientific guidance for the practice.
Keywords implicit theories      stereotype      prejudice      social identity      group relation     
Corresponding Authors: WAN Ming-Gang   
Issue Date: 15 August 2012
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GAO Cheng-Hai,HOU Ling,LV Chao, et al. Implicit Theories and Group Relation[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2012, 20(8): 1180-1188.
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