Thursday, May 12, 2011

Psych 101: Outgroup Homogeneity Bias

There are two things I remember from taking Psychology 101 in college. I forget what the first thing is, but the second one is "outgroup homogeneity bias."

In simplest, non-P.C. terms, "outgroup homogeneity bias" is the scientific term for when dudes of a culture different from yours all tend to look kind of similar to you.

I'm not saying it's true.

I am not Tim Meadows.
I'm not saying all Mexicans wear sombreros.

I'm not even saying all Chinese guys are pretty, slender, effeminate creatures.

All I'm saying is sometimes I can't tell the difference between a spade and a club.

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