Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Cheryl L. Dickter
M. Christine Porter
Two studies were conducted to examine categorization of biracial targets and subsequent judgments made about those targets. The researchers found that the contextual stereotypic cues shown in a social networking profile as well as stereotypic word primes did affect the categorization of the ambiguous target. Though explicit judgments overall did not vary with the categorization of the target, the targets' ambiguity in itself drove negative judgments from certain personality types. Judgments about work-related traits were particularly harsh, which could have serious ramifications for biracial or ambiguous individuals in the real world.
Newton, Virginia Ann, "Implicit and Explicit Perceptions of Biracial Targets" (2010). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 759.
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