The Prejudice Level on the Behavioral Effects of Priming

Psychology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A fake social psychology research study about racial priming and prejudice levels.

This is a fake study written in APA format that concludes that one’s level of prejudice affects the extent to which one will have their behavior affected by subliminal racial priming. This conclusion contrasts with Devine’s theory of activated stereotypes and falls in line with several real studies that are cited in this paper. This paper has extensive introduction, method, results and discussion sections as well as a full reference section. It also includes some of the “materials” supposedly used during the experiment. The conclusion is hardly controversial and the results are consistent with results that have been found in similar experiments that were actually carried out.
“While society continues to become less overtly racist and prejudiced in general (Dovidio & Gaertner, 1998), the relationship between stereotypes and behavior remains an important focus of social psychology. This is especially true given the results of several different lines of research over the last 15 years that suggest that stereotypes wield a covert, but strong power to affect behavior even in people who do not endorse – even in those who strongly deny – the validity of the stereotypes (Fazio, Jackson, Dunton & Williams, 1995; Devine, 1989). The true force of stereotypes is even more alarming based on research that shows how easily stereotypes can be activated in a wide variety of situations (e.g., Bargh, Chen & Burrows, 1996; Colcombe, 2001; Devine, 1989; Fazio et al, 1995; Lepore & Brown, 1997).”


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