Lecture 5

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Measuring Modern Prejudice (cont’d)
IAT: strength of association b/n 2 concepts ex. Race and goodness; white with good
and black with bad
Shoot do/don’t Task: measures prejudice
Police Officer’s Dilemma: an immigrant from East-Africa; police was chasing an
armed criminal and during the chase, they saw Ahmed in a door way and said raise
your hands; he was worried and went into his pocket to get his wallet to show
identification and police thought he was getting a gun and shot him 41 times;
death; police NOT guilty of second-degree murder
*if we have associations about certain groups, when we see an exemplar of that
group when we see something ambiguous, would be more likely to rely on
stereotypes?....ex. see a black person and holding something, u think it’s a gun.
Game: shoot the person with the gun and don’t shoot w/out gun; black and white
targets
-looked at error rates; participants were white
Results: the higher the rate = the more errors made; the unarmed bars had MORE
errors; ppl r more likely to make a mistake/shoot when it’s an unarmed
target.....bias to shoot. People made MORE mistakes when it was a BLACK unarmed
man....more likely to shoot. People were MORE likely to NOT shoot white men that
were armed rather than armed black men.....more likely to be SHOT by white ppl!
-police forces were measured; smaller bias; LESS mistakes; but bias still exists;
police should be trained
Prejudiced Personality
-how can we explain how a nation of ppl facilitated Holocaust: obedience to
authority, follow others, environmental/resource pressures
-can ppl be born to become prejudice? Raised w/ prejudice personality? Can be
learned from parents/environment
*certain personality types ARE more prejudiced than others...ex. Authoritarian
*are there individual differences that r more or less related to
prejudice/stereotyping? Yes..ex. cognitive/temperament differences
-ppl don’t have racist genes
Authoritarianism: Freud, psychodynamic logic: ppl were highly authoritarian =
conservative/don’t like change, believe in authority, something about parents....not
loving/strict, whenever the kids had urges that parents couldn’t accept, they
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Iat: strength of association b/n 2 concepts ex. Race and goodness; white with good and black with bad. Game: shoot the person with the gun and don"t shoot w/out gun; black and white targets. Results: the higher the rate = the more errors made; the unarmed bars had more errors; ppl r more likely to make a mistake/shoot when it"s an unarmed targetbias to shoot. People made more mistakes when it was a black unarmed manmore likely to shoot. People were more likely to not shoot white men that were armed rather than armed black menmore likely to be shot by white ppl! Police forces were measured; smaller bias; less mistakes; but bias still exists; police should be trained. How can we explain how a nation of ppl facilitated holocaust: obedience to authority, follow others, environmental/resource pressures. *certain personality types are more prejudiced than othersex.

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