The more you see it, the more you know it: Memory accessibility and sexual harassment judgments

Richard L. Wiener, Amy M. Voss, Ryan J. Winter, Lucy Arnot

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The influence of the availability of personally known and media known sexual harassment victims and harassers on perceptions of social sexual workplace conduct was examined. Male and female full-time workers evaluated two videotapes that depict sexual harassment in the workplace. Results indicated that perceived likelihood of harassment and discrimination increased as participants recalled more examples of harassment victims whom they personally knew. In some instances, recall of victims in the media had a similar influence. As predicted, the influence of availability was stronger for men than for women. Similar findings resulted from the analyses of the unwelcomeness, severity, and pervasiveness of the conduct; however, legal standard, gender, or case often moderated this relationship. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-820
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Availability heuristic
  • Legal decision making
  • Sexual harassment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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