When similarity breeds content: Need for closure and the allure of homogeneous and self-resembling groups


Journal Article

Four studies explored the relation between members' need for cognitive closure and their feelings toward groups. It was found that high (vs. low) need for closure individuals liked in-groups and out-groups more as function of the degree to which their membership was perceived as homogeneous (Studies 1-4), provided it was also self-similar (Studies 3 and 4). These results are discussed in terms of the relation between need for closure and homogeneous (vs. heterogeneous) groups' apparent potential as "closure providers.".

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kruglanski, AW; Shah, JY; Pierro, A; Mannetti, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 648 - 662

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3514

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0022-3514.83.3.648

Citation Source

  • Scopus