Stereotype (In)Accuracy in Perceptions of Groups and Individuals

Lee Jussim, Jarret T. Crawford, Rachel S. Rubinstein

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Are stereotypes accurate or inaccurate? We summarize evidence that stereotype accuracy is one of the largest and most replicable findings in social psychology. We address controversies in this literature, including the long-standing and continuing but unjustified emphasis on stereotype inaccuracy, how to define and assess stereotype accuracy, and whether stereotypic (vs. individuating) information can be used rationally in person perception. We conclude with suggestions for building theory and for future directions of stereotype (in)accuracy research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-497
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • accuracy
  • bias
  • person perception
  • social perception
  • stereotypes


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