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Michael Sharp ACF Abstract FY12

"Ratings of Prosocial Personality Traits are Contaminated by Religious Stereotype Bias"

2012 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention

Participants rated religiously-labeled targets (e.g., Christian, Atheist) on personality adjectives. Participants higher in religiosity attribute greater Agreeableness to religious targets, an effect mediated by stereotypes about the nonreligious and lessened when the perceiver is more agreeable. Ratings of Agreeableness are affected by stereotypes of religious prosociality and religious in-group bias.