I think it, therefore it's true: Effects of self perceived objectivity on hiring discrimination

E. L. UHLMANN, G.L. Cohen

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

November 2007, vol. 104, n°2, pp.207-223

Departments: Management & Human Resources

A sense of personal objectivity may prompt an ''I think it, therefore it's true'' mindset, in which people assume that their ownbeliefs and introspections are, by definition, valid and therefore worthy of being acted on. In the present studies, priming a sense ofpersonal objectivity increased gender discrimination, particularly among decision-makers who endorsed stereotypic beliefs or whohad stereotypic thoughts made cognitively accessible through implicit priming. Implications for discrimination in organizationalcontexts, and for theories of attitude'behavior consistency, are discussed