Franklin, Robert G., Jr. (2019) Why are sheep sheepish? How perception affects animal stereotyping. Animal Sentience 25(15)
Lori Marino and Debra Merskin, Intelligence, complexity, and individuality in sheep
Marino & Merskin present compelling evidence that many stereotypes of sheep are incorrect. One factor that may play an important role in animal stereotyping is the physical appearance of animals, which can directly lead to stereotyping through automatic mental processes. Sheep have a round and babyish appearance that directly evokes judgments of warmth and docility. Depictions of sheep in art, and especially cartoons, reinforce this stereotype.
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