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Stereotypes 'evolve like language', say researchers

#1  Postby DougC » Sep 05, 2012 11:56 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19487021
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Stereotypes evolve in a similar way to language, according to research presented at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen.
These generalised perceptions of groups of individuals are an unintentional consequence of information sharing, the scientists claim.
And far from being fixed, they evolve and strengthen as they pass from person to person.
The work was carried out by a team at the University of Aberdeen.
Stereotyping represents a view of other people based on perceptions of a social group and the shared attributes that people within that group are considered to possess.

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Re: Stereotypes 'evolve like language', say researchers

#2  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Sep 06, 2012 12:02 am

No surprise here. This would be true for any cultural phenomenon. Ideas are subject to rules very similar to evolution.
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Re: Stereotypes 'evolve like language', say researchers

#3  Postby DavidMcC » Sep 06, 2012 12:00 pm

For example, a typical stereotypical view of salesmen is that they are "confident, talkative and pushy".

I thought that was more a part of the job description than a stereotype! :lol:
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Re: Stereotypes 'evolve like language', say researchers

#4  Postby DavidMcC » Sep 06, 2012 12:03 pm

... I have this stereotype view of weight-lifters as being musclebound!

EDIT: I'm not saying that all stereotypes are valid, but that some are, some less so, especially as the nature of some jobs changes with time and technology.
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#5  Postby Jacquitoo » Feb 12, 2013 9:07 am

yes but in some gyms they have a high body fat index ... have you looked?
which particular stereotypes it is ok to question seems very time and culturally sensitive ... so it does help to be older
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