At the 2007 Project on Law and Mind Sciences Conference, Jennifer Eberhardt’s presentation was titled “Policing Racial Bias.” Here is the abstract for her talk.
Despite our desire to be egalitarian, racial bias fundamentally alters how we see. In the first part of her talk, Dr. Eberhardt will focus on the implicit processing of a well-rehearsed, explicit association: the association of African Americans with criminality. She will argue that this association influences how both ordinary citizens and police officers will perceive and analyze the people and objects they encounter. For example, the mere presence of a Black face may enhance perceivers’ ability to detect degraded images of crime-relevant objects. The association of Blacks with criminality may also inform decisions about where and how to look. Thinking about crime, for example, may alert perceivers to Black faces more so than thinking about other matters.
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In the second part of her talk, Dr. Eberhardt will focus on the implicit processing of an implicit association: the association of African Americans with animals. Despite the fact that this association is rarely discussed or consciously available, she will argue that it can alter how we see, as well. She will conclude by presenting data demonstrating the potential importance of this particular association in the context of criminal justice.
Below you can watch a video of Eberhardt’s amazing presentation (31minutes).
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