Attitudes Toward Stereotyped Behaviors

Nilly Mor, Gershon Berkson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This investigation examined trait inferences that people make of individuals who engage in body rocking. In Study 1, participants interacted with either a rocking or a nonrocking individual In Study 2, participants observed videoclips of rocking and nonrocking individuals in various settings. In Study 3, participants observed video-clips of a person engaging in body-rocking, headrolling, or no-stereotyped behavior. Results of the 3 studies suggest that people hold specific negative attitudes toward people who engage in body-rocking, and that amplitude of body-rocking is a factor in determining these negative attitudes. People tend to attribute body-rocking to high-neuroticism and anxiety, and to low-agreeableness.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)351-365
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HD-RO1 27184). We thank Tami Andriacchi, Lauren Sherman, and Sofia Tarnovsky.


  • Body-rocking stigma
  • Movement
  • Stereotyped attitudes


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