The Transfer of Status Expectations
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The authors investigate transfer of a status intervention—introducing a specific status characteristic to reduce expectation effects of a diffuse status characteristic—across tasks and interactants. Experimental results showed (1) the intervention was effective in reducing unwanted status generalization; (2) effects of the intervention transferred to a new situation; (3) the transferred expectations were weaker than they were in the original group. These effects are as predicted from the 1977 theory of status characteristics and expectation states. However this experiment gives essential information on how to construct a status graph of the situation.
Markovsky, Barry; Smith, Le Roy F; Berger, Joseph (2015). The Transfer of Status Expectations. Available electronically from
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