ERIC Number: ED241841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive Complexity and Liking for In-Group and Out-Group Members.
Zareh, Frances; Mayer, Stephen
Research on white college males has shown that people have a more complex schema regarding in-groups than out-groups. In an attempt to replicate the studies (Linville and Jones) on cognitive complexity and liking with a noncollege, racially and sexually mixed population, 60 randomly selected adult males and females read three vignettes describing people facing a problem. The vignettes described a white male athlete, a black male athlete, and a woman athlete. Subjects subsequently responded to items relating to possible solutions to the problems presented, and to descriptions of and attraction to the athletes. An analysis of the results showed partial support for the in-group complexity hypothesis in that each group of subjects, except white females, attributed more adjectives to their in-group member than to the out-group member. White subjects attributed more adjectives to white athletes, and black subjects attributed more adjectives to black athletes. Only black male subjects showed more liking for an in-group member than for an out-group member. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Complexity; Liking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).