Event Title

The effect of perspective and race on perceived outcome valence

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Brittany Christian, Ph.D.

Project Type

Completed quantitative research study

Primary Department

Psychology

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When we look at our country today, we see inequality and division that stem from a long history of prejudice and discrimination. From a social psychological perspective, we can explore attitudes towards marginalized groups by investigating perceptions of an action allegedly performed by a majority group or minority group member. In this 2x2 study we explored the effect of race (African-American vs. European-American) and perspective (first person vs. third person) on perceptions of a student's test outcome. The results of this study revealed a significant main effect of race on perceptions of exam scores, such that judgments of the exam outcome were more positive for a European-American than an African-American student.

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The effect of perspective and race on perceived outcome valence

When we look at our country today, we see inequality and division that stem from a long history of prejudice and discrimination. From a social psychological perspective, we can explore attitudes towards marginalized groups by investigating perceptions of an action allegedly performed by a majority group or minority group member. In this 2x2 study we explored the effect of race (African-American vs. European-American) and perspective (first person vs. third person) on perceptions of a student's test outcome. The results of this study revealed a significant main effect of race on perceptions of exam scores, such that judgments of the exam outcome were more positive for a European-American than an African-American student.