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Old 11th July 2017, 08:51 AM
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Default Atheist horns and religious halos: Mental representations of atheists and theists

Atheist horns and religious halos: Mental representations of atheists and theists

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Theists - regardless of religious affiliation - receive the benefit of being stereotyped as trustworthy and moral (Hall, Cohen, Mayer, Varley, & Brewer, 2015), whereas atheists are viewed as untrustworthy and morally uninhibited (Gervais, 2014a; Gervais, Shariff, & Norenzayan, 2011). The extreme divergence between the stereotypes of theists and atheists suggests that mental images of the two groups may also diverge. We investigated whether people have biased mental images of theists and atheists. The results suggests that mental images of theists are associated with more positive attributes than images of atheists (Study 1), and these mental images influence who is believed to behave morally and immorally (Study 2). Together, the findings suggest that mental images may represent a subtle mechanism reinforcing group-based prejudices (both negative and positive).
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Old 11th July 2017, 04:49 PM
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If there are only two options, methinks the halo and horns have been placed on the wrong people.
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