An unobtrusive study of reactions to national stereotypes in four european countries

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In a cross-cultural adaptation of A. N. Doob and A. E. Gross's (see
record 1969-03945-001) unobtrusive technique, reactions to national
stereotypes were evaluated in 4 European countries--Germany, France,
Spain, and Italy. In matched trials traffic was temporarily blocked
at several intersections, and the latency and duration of the resulting
aggressive response (honking) was analyzed as a function of the nationality
of the offending vehicle and the nationality of the 120 Ss. The latency
of honking was significantly affected both by the national insignia
displayed on the vehicle and the nationality of the Ss. No significant
sex differences were found. Results suggest the applicability of
this technique for the unobtrusive measurement of attitudes to national
stereotypes. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)

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  • Joseph P. Forgas

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