Residential Segregation and its Effects on Intergroup Cognition

Lecture | December 11 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Arianne Eason, University of Washington

 Department of Psychology

In the U.S. today, racial segregation remains rampant in neighborhoods, schools, and even the workplace. Given the persistent inequity in terms of both race and social class in the U.S., my research utilizes perspectives from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to examine how features of our social and cultural contexts (e.g., racially segregated neighborhoods and classrooms) influence individuals’ thoughts and feelings about intergroup relations, and how these psychological outcomes in turn reify existing inequities. Presenting data from 5 experiments, in this talk, I will examine how racial segregation shapes both adults’ and children’s perceptions of others’ racial attitudes, and how these perceptions, in turn, allow segregation to persist. By bringing to light this bi-directional process, we can better understand why change is more difficult and slow than expected.