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dc.contributor.advisorOsborne, Randall
dc.contributor.authorCarballo, Angelica Dee ( )
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-10T18:17:18Z
dc.date.available2017-01-10T18:17:18Z
dc.date.issued2016-12
dc.identifier.citationCarballo, A. D. (2016). Need for cognition, ambiguity tolerance and likelihood of prejudice (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6435
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study is to investigate whether there is a relationship between Need for Cognition, Ambiguity Tolerance and prejudice. Research has supported the idea that people categorize groups based on essentialized characteristics such as sex and race and that this tendency is likely mediated (e.g., strengthened or weakened) by certain cognitive processing tendencies. This is important because categorization can sometimes lead to prejudiced behaviors. The proposed research will investigate the links between Need for Cognition, Ambiguity Tolerance and prejudice. A total of 297 students answered three surveys: The Multiple Stimulus Types Ambiguity Test-I, the Need for Cognition scale and the Quick Discrimination Index. The Quick Discrimination Index consists of three subscales, two specific to race. Results suggest that those scoring higher on the Need for Cognition Scale scored lower on the Quick Discrimination Index which measures affective and cognitive racial beliefs as well as sexist convictions. In conclusion, finding a way to boost the desire to learn may be a way to lessen prejudice and with further study, the Need for Cognition scale may be a useful tool for evaluating individuals applying for jobs in certain occupations such as counseling and police work.
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dc.format.extent58 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectAmbiguity tolerance
dc.subjectNeed for cognition
dc.subjectPrejudice
dc.subjectBias
dc.subjectRacism
dc.subjectEssentialism
dc.subjectSocial identity theory
dc.subjectOptimal distinctiveness
dc.subjectDual identities
dc.subject.lcshAmbiguityen_US
dc.subject.lcshPrejudicesen_US
dc.titleNeed for Cognition, Ambiguity Tolerance and Likelihood of Prejudice
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMendez, Roque
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHu, Yueqin
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychological Research
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
txstate.departmentPsychology


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