"Categorizations of Multiracial Individuals: Cognitive Antecedents, Developmental Origins, and Implications for Social Judgments"


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  • Speaker: Steven Roberts. Developmental PhD Candidate
  • Host Department: Psychology
  • Date: 02/23/2015
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: 4464 East Hall

  • Description:

    Abstract: In the U.S., black-white multiracial individuals are often categorized as black, yet few studies have explored the cognitive underpinnings, developmental origins, or social implications of these categorizations.In a series of studies, we show that 1) racial essentialism and negativity bias explain why white U.S. adults show biases in their categorizations, 2) categorizations of multiracial targets vary by target ambiguity, age group (4-6, 7-9, 10-13, adults), race (white, black, multiracial), and rates of inter-group contact, 3) and children and adults use concepts of multiracial categories to predict whether multiracial targets will befriend black or white children.

    Steven received his Bachelor’s at New York University, and he is currently a doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology. He works primarily with Susan Gelman and Arnold Ho, and is interested in children's social cognitive development. He has conducted research on children's acquisition and use of concepts such as genetics, personality, status, friendships, and emotion. Today, he'll be presenting some work from his 619, which looked at children's and adults' concepts of multiracial individuals.

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