Need for cognition and attitudes toward immigrants among Russian students
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.