Race-based social judgment by minority perceivers

Laura S. Billings, Theresa K. Vescio, Monica Biernat

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The present study investigated processes of social judgment from the perspective of a minority group. Black participants evaluated either Black or White law-school applicants who possessed either strong or weak credentials. Consistent with predictions of the shifting-standards model (Biernat, Manis, & Nelson, 1991), a significant pattern of out-group polarization emerged when judgments were made on subjective, but not objective response scales. Importantly, results revealed that out-group polarization on subjective response scales was moderated by participants' stereotypes. In line with shifting-standards predictions, only participants who viewed Blacks relatively favorably, compared to Whites, on the dimension of school performance showed a significant pattern of out-group polarization. The shifting-standards model is discussed in relation to other judgment models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-240
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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