Critical Thinking Questions

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What are the ways in which we can make inaccurate social judgments based on firsthand information? What about judgments based on secondhand information?
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Explain how order effects and framing can change the types of social judgments we make.
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Describe how schemas influence information processing, giving empirical evidence wherever possible.
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Define the availability heuristic, give examples and empirical evidence supporting its existence, and discuss the effects that it has on social judgments.
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Define the representativeness heuristic, give examples and empirical evidence supporting its existence, and discuss the effects that it has on social judgments.
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Discuss the way in which the availability heuristic and representativeness heuristic can operate together to produce and perpetuate illusory correlations.

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