Hamilton and Gifford (1976)

IB Psychology: Hamilton and Gifford (1976)

Illusory correlation is defined as people"s tendencies to overestimate relationships between two groups when distinctive and unusual information is presented. Illusory correlation is based on System 1 thinking - specifically, the availability heuristic - that is, decisions are made based on what first comes to mind.The study by Hamilton and Gifford (1976) may be used to answer a question on the formation of stereotypes...

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