With or without you: Determinants of postsuppression behavior

Natalie A. Wyer, Timothy J. Perfect, Helen Neilens, Giuliana Mazzoni, Jean Roper

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The present research was designed to investigate the consequences of suppressing social stereotypes on behavior in intrapersonal and interpersonal contexts. In two experiments, the authors manipulated the behavioral context in which postsuppression effects were measured. In intrapersonal contexts, postsuppression behavior was consistent with the suppressed stereotype (assimilation behavior). Conversely, in interpersonal contexts, postsuppression behavior was appropriate to interacting with a member of the group whose stereotype was suppressed (response behavior). The authors conclude that stereotypes activated via suppression can alter one's behavior in multiple ways, depending on the context in which the behavior takes place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Issue number3
Early online date10 Nov 2010
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • stereotype suppression
  • behavior
  • interpersonal context

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