Department of Psychology 2019 Annual Equity and Inclusion Lecture: Cultural Variation in Ideal Affect: Implications for Promoting Equity and Inclusion in Multicultural Settings

Lecture | October 30 | 3 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jeanne L. Tsai, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychology, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

In this talk, I will describe a series of studies demonstrating
that cultural differences in how people ideally want to feel
(their “ideal affect”) shape how people judge and treat
others. Consistent with our previous findings that European
Americans value excitement states more than East Asians,
European Americans rate excited (vs. calm) faces as more
affiliative (friendly, extraverted, trustworthy) in part
because they find excited (vs. calm) faces to be more
rewarding than do East Asians. These differences predict with
whom people share resources, whom people hire, and even
whom they choose as their leader. I will propose that these
cultural differences in ideal affect may lead to unintended
biases and disparities in multicultural societies like the U.S.
Finally, I will suggest ways we might reduce these disparities
and create more culturally inclusive environments across a
variety of applied settings.

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