Joliet Junior College Halo Effect Discussion




The Halo Effect (Links to an external site.)

Watch the clip and answer the questions below, be sure to use content covered in the chapter.

How do we make judgments about other people’s personalities, and how quickly do we make those judgments? In this Science of Attraction video, Kat Akingbade and Charlie McDonnell investigate the “halo effect,” which occurs when we have a favorable impression of someone that then influences our judgments of that person’s specific qualities. The halo effect is illustrated with an example of people’s judgments about a potential dating partner.

Thought Questions:

  1. Why do you think the halo effect occurs? Why might be we biased based on our initial impressions of someone?
  2. Can you think of a time when your judgment about someone might have been influenced by the halo effect?


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