PSYC 1010 Chapter Notes - Chapter 44: Monoamine Oxidase, Barack Obama, Face Perception

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An unjustifiable (and usually negative) attitude towards a group and its members. Prejudice generally involves stereotyped beliefs, negative feelings, and a predisposition to discriminatory action. Prejudice is a mixture of : beliefs ( stereotypes), emotions ( hostility or fear) , predispositions to action ( to discriminate) Prejudice usually leads to discrimination and causes negative behaviour. Prejudice comes in two forms explicit and implicit attitudes. Explicit is a type of awareness that is conscious, for example after the 911 attack people were consciously discriminating muslims and being afraid of them. Implicit is an unaware action which is like a knee jerk response . Most of the time prejudice is implicit and comes from the unconscious. For example when people were given names and told to describe them, many associated names like latisha and darnell to black people and ann and mike to white people. Unconscious patronization teachers would mark papers less harshly if it were written by a black student.

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