Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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| Editors: Todd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford


  • Niloufar LuekeEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2429-1



According to self-categorization theory (Turner et al. 1987), self-perception is influenced by salient self-categories, and the ascription of ingroup-defining characteristics to the self is defined as self-stereotyping.


Self-categorization theory (Turner et al. 1987) posits that group-level processes occur through the process of categorizing or cognitively grouping the self as either similar to or distinct from another class of stimuli. One can categorize the self on a personal level, as a unique individual, different from other individuals (based on idiosyncratic attributes), or conversely, categorization can be done on a sociallevel, in terms of identification with social groups, which would render one’s cognition to be filtered through a salient social identity. The operation of self-concept on a personal or social level is thought to be...


Reproductive Success Sexual Selection Gender Stereotype Parental Investment Secondary Sexual Characteristic 
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  1. 1.Ball State UniversityMuncieUSA

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  • Carey Fitzgerald
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  1. 1.University of South Carolina - BeaufortBlufftonUSA