Sep 2 2015

Social and Personality Brown Bag: “Strength in Numbers? Effects of Exposure to Multiple Claims of Discrimination”

September 2, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM



Our first guest speaker for the Social and Personality Brown Bag on Wednesday, September 2 will be Dr. Evelyn Carter, a post-doctoral researcher at Purdue University (and UIC alumna). Her talk title and abstract are presented below (as well as in a flyer attached to this email). The brown bag talk will take place in BSB 2019 at 1:00 pm. Hope to see many of you there!


Dr. Evelyn Carter

Post-doctoral Researcher at Purdue University

Strength in Numbers? Effects of Exposure to Multiple Claims of Discrimination 

Despite significant progress with intergroup relations in America today, there still exist considerable differences between racial majority and minority group members’ beliefs about the prevalence of racial bias. Some suggest that these differences may be because Whites are less aware of racial bias than minorities. Although racial/ethnic minorities have made efforts to share their experiences with discrimination, these attempts to increase awareness often backfire. Instead of garnering support, the claimants and their experiences are derogated and diminished. Building from social psychological studies on the complainer effect (i.e., minorities who claim discrimination as the cause of negative outcomes or treatment are derogated as complainers), the present research tests competing hypotheses about the effects of exposure to multiple claims of discrimination. Three studies examine whether exposure to multiple claims of discrimination mitigates or exacerbates Whites’ perceptions of claimants as complainers. In an extension of previous work, the studies also explore whether exposure shapes Whites’ perceptions of the prevalence of racial bias against Whites and Blacks in American society. Implications of whether exposure may help converge intergroup attitudes and future directions are also discussed.



Date posted

Aug 14, 2018

Date updated

Aug 14, 2018