Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2016

Abstract

Five studies are conducted to examine how ideology and perceptions regarding gender, race, caste, and affiliation status affect how individuals judge researchers' credibility. Support is found for predictions that individuals judge researcher credibility according to their egalitarian or elitist ideologies and according to status cues including race, gender, caste, and university affiliation. Egalitarians evaluate low-status researchers as more credible than high-status researchers. Elitists show the opposite pattern. Credibility judgments affect whether individuals will interpret subsequent ambiguous events in accordance with the researcher's findings. Effects of diffuse status cues and ideological beliefs may be mitigated when specific status cues are presented to override stereotypes.

Keywords

demographics, ideology, status, social cognition, social dominance

Discipline

Higher Education | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Psychology

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Applied Psychology

Volume

101

Issue

6

First Page

862

Last Page

880

ISSN

0021-9010

Identifier

10.1037/apl0000095

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000095

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