The Halo Effect: How Traits Affect Our Judgment


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When an individual allows a positive belief about one part of a person to influence his opinion about all of the other parts of that person, this is known as the _____.

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1. Which of the following statements is FALSE about psychologist Edward Thorndike's halo effect?

2. Which of the following is an example of the halo effect?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The halo effect describes the idea that positive belief about one aspect of a person can influence your opinion of other parts of that person, and this quiz and worksheet combination will help you test your knowledge of this important psychological concept. The questions on this quiz will test you on the halo effect itself, the first person to write about the halo effect, and the name of the inverse effect.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Definition of the halo effect
  • The first person to write about the halo effect
  • Effects of the halo effect in the marketplace and in business
  • The inverse of the halo effect

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw and retain the most important information on the characteristics of the halo effect from the related lesson on this topic
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main ideas of the halo effect's characteristics
  • Distinguishing differences - distinguish between the halo effect and its opposite counterpart
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a method for breaking through the halo effect in marketing

Additional Learning

To learn more about the characteristics of the halo effect, review the accompanying lesson called The Halo Effect: How Traits Affect Our Judgment. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the halo effect
  • Discuss the work of Edward Thorndike
  • Describe the results of the halo effect at school, work, and in marketing
  • Discuss the inverse of the halo effect