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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (7): 1264-1271.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01264

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Stereotype lift and stereotype boost

WANG Zhen, YANG Lixian()   

  1. School of Psychology, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350100, China
  • Received:2017-08-14 Online:2018-07-15 Published:2018-05-29
  • Contact: YANG Lixian


Stereotype lift means that the individuals who are aware of negative stereotype of outgroups can elevate self-efficacy and motivation after comparison with the denigrated outgroups, resulting in improving performance. While stereotype boost is the positive result of activation of positive stereotype, which refers to performance improvement of individuals in situations when their positive stereotype identities are activated. This paper is mainly focused on the relationships between moderators and results based on stereotype lift and stereotype boost. Meanwhile, their distinctions are discussed in terms of related concepts, the requirements of participants and psychological mechanisms. Finally, our paper points out that the further research in the future would pay more attention to these two concepts, and be attempt to eliminate the confusion of them. Also their psychological mechanisms and neural mechanisms would be further studied as well as combination with stereotype reactance to explore.

Key words: stereotype lift, negative stereotype, stereotype boost, positive stereotype

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