Question: in this unit we will explore the psychological processes involved...
In this unit we will explore the psychological processes involved in the development of bias and the effects of bias. Bias takes many forms: Stereotyping and prejudice which are internal processes, discrimination and racism which take those internal processes out into the world. The difference between stereotyping and racism is that the latter uses power on a person or group who has less power. There are many effects of racism (and sexism, ageism, etc) on both the sender and receiver:
Economic -- keeps down demands for higher wages and better working conditions and reduces the talent pool available for the common good.
Social -- causes segregation which leads to ignorance between groups of people
Political --causes fragmentation reduces acting together for the common good.
Personal -- ignorance and fear lead to limitations in person choice and personal growth We will explore the process and results of stereotyping and the workings of stereotype threat which is the effects on the receivers of stereotyping by others.
Cognitive processes that lead to bias
Subtle effects of Racism
Write up the highlights of your responses to this unit and your personal reflections in one paper.