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With or without you: Determinants of postsuppression behavior

Wyer, Natalie A.; Perfect, Timothy J.; Neilens, Helen; Mazzoni, Giuliana; Roper, Jean


Natalie A. Wyer

Timothy J. Perfect

Helen Neilens

Giuliana Mazzoni

Jean Roper


The present research was designed to investigate the consequences of suppressing social stereotypes on behavior in intrapersonal and interpersonal contexts. In two experiments, the authors manipulated the behavioral context in which postsuppression effects were measured. In intrapersonal contexts, postsuppression behavior was consistent with the suppressed stereotype (assimilation behavior). Conversely, in interpersonal contexts, postsuppression behavior was appropriate to interacting with a member of the group whose stereotype was suppressed (response behavior). The authors conclude that stereotypes activated via suppression can alter one's behavior in multiple ways, depending on the context in which the behavior takes place.


Wyer, N. A., Perfect, T. J., Neilens, H., Mazzoni, G., & Roper, J. (2011). With or without you: Determinants of postsuppression behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(3), 272-276.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2010
Online Publication Date Nov 10, 2010
Publication Date 2011-05
Journal Social Psychological and Personality Science
Print ISSN 1948-5506
Electronic ISSN 1948-5514
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 3
Pages 272-276
Keywords Clinical Psychology; Social Psychology
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