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Meaning-seeking in the illusory correlation paradigm: The active role of participants in the categorization process

Berndsen, Mariette; McGarty, Craig; Van Der Pligt, Joop; Spears, Russell


The present research examines the role of categorical perception (McGarty, Haslam, Turner, & Oakes, 1993) in the illusory correlation paradigm. This approach assumes that the search for meaningful differences between two stimulus groups can lead to the illusory correlation effect. This explanation is investigated in Study 1 by presenting participants with constrained stimulus information and examining whether accentuating evaluative differences between stimuli could provide a basis for illusory...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal of Social Psychology


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