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Lee Jussim

Lee Jussim

My research focuses on relations between social perception and social reality. Much of this research has addressed interpersonal expectancies, stereotypes, and prejudice. I am nearing completion on a book that argues that much of the traditional psychological emphasis on the pervasiveness of bias and self-fulfilling prophecies is distorted, oversold, and overblown, that accuracy is one of the largest effects in social psychology (and one of the most pervasively ignored), and that the traditional social psychological depiction of stereotypes as unjustified, exaggerated, irrational, and rigidly resistant to change is itself unjustified, exaggerated, irrational, and rigidly resistant to change.

Current empirical projects involve: (1) identifying when, how, and how much stereotypes influence how people perceive individuals from the stereotyped group; (2) developing a Political Correctness Scale for assessing people's willingness to lie in order to appear unprejudiced; (3) assessing relations between anti-Semitism and attitudes towards Israel.

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  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Lee Jussim
Department of Psychology
Rutgers University
53 Avenue East, Tillett Hall
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040
United States

  • Phone: (732) 445-4036
  • Fax: (732) 445-0036

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