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Social cliques as mental models

Von Hecker, Ulrich ORCID:, Crockett, Walter H., Hummert, Mary Lee and Kemper, Susan 1996. Social cliques as mental models. European Journal of Social Psychology 26 (5) , pp. 741-749. 10.1002/(SICI)1099-0992(199609)26:5<741::AID-EJSP787>3.0.CO;2-8

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The present research investigates how a mental model derived from patterns of sentiment relations (mental clique model) interacts with social background information (membership in social categories). Testing memory for a set of sentiment relations, the data support the assumption that a strongly polarizing categorization interferes with a mental clique model derived from the learning of these sentiment relations. Such interference was claimed to occur whenever sentiment implications from the social categorization would contradict information contained in the mental clique model. In line with this reasoning, balanced triads were selectively impaired in memory as opposed to relations from unbalanced triads which did not allow construction of any clique model and which were not influenced by category interference.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0046-2772
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:59

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