What is a Stereotype? - Definition, Function & Formation

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According to social identity theory, we perceive _____.

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1. Grant grew up believing that tall people are more athletic than short people because that is what his parents told him. What is this an example of?

2. Susie is walking home from school when she sees a group of rambunctious older boys up ahead. She decides to cross the street to avoid them. How do stereotypes and the body's natural fight or flight response help to explain Susie's behavior?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are various theories as to the function and formation of stereotypes. Test your knowledge of these theories with this quiz/worksheet combo. In addition to asking you about theoretical approaches like social identity theory, the quiz will have you analyze a scenario and determine the theory being presented.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet test you on the following:

  • Examples of motivational theory
  • Personality theory
  • Definition of social learning

Skills Practiced

These assessments will allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to analyze a scenario and determine the theory being presented
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding examples of motivational theory and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the term social learning
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding our perceptions according to social identity theory

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about these quick judgments we have of others, have a look at our lesson entitled Stereotypes. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify positive stereotypes
  • Define cognitive schemas
  • Explore negative stereotypes
  • Understand how prejudices are formed
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