Putting the brakes on prejudice: on the development and operation of cues for control.


Journal Article

A model concerning the establishment and operation of cues for control was developed and tested to understand how control can be exerted over (automatic) prejudiced responses. Cues for control are stimuli that are associated with prejudiced responses and the aversive consequences of those responses (e.g., guilt). In Experiments 1 and 2, 3 events critical to the establishment of cues occurred: behavioral inhibition, the experience of guilt, and retrospective reflection. In Experiment 3, the presentation of already-established cues for control did, as expected, produce behavioral inhibition. In Experiment 4, participants were provided with an experience in which cues could be established. Later presentation of those cues in a different task resulted in behavioral inhibition and less racially biased responses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Monteith, MJ; Ashburn-Nardo, L; Voils, CI; Czopp, AM

Published Date

  • November 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1029 - 1050

PubMed ID

  • 12416910

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12416910

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3514

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0022-3514.83.5.1029


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States