Do criminal stereotypes mediate juridic judgements?

C. Neil Macrae*, John W. Shepherd

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Previous findings suggest that facial stereotypes of criminals mediate juridic judgements. However, the present study notes that these are open to an alternative explanation in terms of the physical attractiveness of the defendant. To clarify the issue, in this study the degree to which the defendant matched the criminal stereotype for a particular incident was manipulated while physical attractiveness was held constant. Findings support the contention that judgements of guilt and innocence are mediated by the extent to which the defendant resembles the criminal stereotype for a particular incident. 1989 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-191
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989


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