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Foreign-Looking Native-Accented People: More Competent When First Seen Rather Than Heard?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Social Psychological and Personality Science
Issue number8
Volume9
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1001–1009
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date19/09/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Psychological research has neglected people whose accent does not match their appearance. Most research on person perception has focused on appearance, overlooking accents that are equally important social cues. If accents were studied, it was often done in isolation (i.e., detached from appearance). We examine how varying accent and appearance information about people affects evaluations. We show that evaluations of expectancy- violating people shift in the direction of the added information. When a job candidate looked foreign, but later spoke with a native accent, his evaluations rose and he was evaluated best of all candidates (Experiment 1a). However, the sequence in which information was presented mattered: when heard first and then seen, his evaluations dropped (Experiment 1b). Findings demonstrate the importance of studying the combination and sequence of different types of information in impression formation. They also allow predicting reactions to ethnically mixed people, who are increasingly present in modern societies.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Social Psychological and Personality Science,9(8), 2018, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Social Psychological and Personality Science page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/SPP on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/