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Altering Frequency Estimates of Hindsight Bias in Others Via Stereotyping: Asians as a Model Minority
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by Denessa E. Wright and Harry L. Hom, Jr. - Southwest Missouri State University
The role racial stereotypes play in influencing attributions of hindsight bias in others was investigated. White college students made frequency estimates of hindsight bias for 1 of 3 different ethnic groups—Asians, Blacks, and Whites—with regard to a sporting event. The bias was estimated to be less for Asians than for both Whites and Blacks, with no significant difference between the latter two groups. Consistent with earlier research, this outcome supported the notion of positive stereotyping being linked to Asians; the negative stereotyping ascribed to Blacks was unsubstantiated. Future research should be aimed at the social psychology of hindsight bias, because overestimating its presence in others may lead us to minimize its prominence in our everyday thinking.