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A reaction-time study of social, health, and personal attributions in relation to fluorosed teeth

Bennett, P., Williams, David, Chestnutt, Ivor Gordon, Hood, Kerry and Lowe, R. 2008. A reaction-time study of social, health, and personal attributions in relation to fluorosed teeth. Psychology, Health & Medicine 13 (1) , pp. 75-86. 10.1080/13548500701294523

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Abstract

This reaction time study assessed the valence and strength of evaluations of people with differing levels of fluorosed teeth. Eighty participants rated photographs of smiling faces with four levels of digitally manipulated fluorosed teeth. Faces were presented on a computer screen for a period of 2000 ms followed by a single word descriptor. Participants quickly indicated whether the descriptor applied to the preceding face using a response key. Descriptors included health, aesthetic, and personal judgments. Logistic and linear regressions revealed that participants were significantly more likely to make negative judgments involving health, aesthetic, and person attributions about faces with high levels of fluorosis, and to make negative judgments more quickly and positive judgments more slowly than those with lower levels of fluorosis. These data are consistent with the view that people use negative, easily accessible, stereotypes of individuals presenting with health problems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fluorosis; person attributions; stereotypes.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1354-8506
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 02:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/15772

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