Cambridge Festival of Ideas - Judging the book by its cover – the psychological truth about myths, beliefs and prejudice

28 October 2017, 13:00 - 14:30
Cambridge campus

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Social psychologists from Anglia Ruskin University will talk about our tendency to judge a book by its cover and its consequences for maintenance of myths, beliefs and prejudice across various social contexts (eg, victim derogation, sexuality, mental illness, racism, Islamophobia and Brexit).

  • Dr Annelie Harvey will talk about victim derogation and present new data on the reliability of this phenomenon and the varied conditions under which it occurs.
  • Dr Ashley Brooks will discuss the recent trend of positively stereotyping gay men and consider the real societal and psychological consequences of such romanticised notions of male homosexuality.

  • Dr Magdalena Zawisza will present new data about ways of reducing stigma of mental illness through social advertising campaigns.
  • Prof Viren Swami will show how racist attitudes shaped belief in conspiracy theories about Muslim immigrants, and how belief in Islamophobic conspiracy theories may have influenced some to vote for Brexit.

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

28 October 2017, 13:00 - 14:30
Cambridge campus

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