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Article

Need for cognition and attitudes toward immigrants among Russian students

Psiholoska Obzorja. 2011. Vol. 20. No. 1. P. 7-16.

The author examined how need for cognition may contribute to the attitudes toward immigrants

among Russian students. It was shown that although need for cognition may not correlate with attitude

toward immigrants directly it might either interact with other factors or influence several relations of at-

titudes. Specifically, low need for cognition may facilitate the application of immigrants’ ethnicity as a

cue for the attitudes toward immigrants. On the contrary, those participants having highneed for cognition

probably may not use immigrants ethnicity as a cue for attitudes. Additionally, need for cognition might

make attitudes toward immigrants more positive among Russian women comparing with Russian men.

Furthermore, a positive correlation between perceived stereotypicity and attitude toward immigrants was

eliminated among lowneed for cognition participants. Moreover, this correlation has become even negative

among lowneed for cognition males. The results of the study are discussed.