Discerning cultural identification from a thinly sliced behavioral sample

Takeshi HAMAMURA, Man Wai LI

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This research examined whether individual differences in cultural identification can be discerned at zero acquaintance. This issue was examined in Hong Kong, where the idiosyncrasy of cultural identification is a salient social-psychological issue. The participants were able to perceive accurately the targets’ identification with Western culture from a video clip and from a still image. Findings also indicated that a stereotype of Western cultural identity (i.e., extraversion and particular hairstyle) facilitated these perceptions. Specifically, (a) the participants with a stronger stereotype were more accurate in perceiving Western cultural identification, (b) the targets who were experimentally manipulated to appear extraverted were rated as more strongly identifying with Western culture, and (c) the participants relatively unfamiliar with these stereotypes did not correctly perceive Western cultural identification. Implications of these findings on research on multiculturalism are also discussed. Copyright © 2012 by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1697-1706
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012


Hamamura, Y., & Li, L. M. W. (2012). Discerning cultural identification from a thinly sliced behavioral sample. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(12), 1697-1706. doi: 10.1177/0146167212459362


  • Thin slicing
  • Cultural identification
  • Multiculturalism
  • Person perception
  • Diversity


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