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Caught in the Middle: Defensive Responses to IAT Feedback Among Whites, Blacks, and Biracial Black/Whites

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Howell, JL; Gaither, SE; Ratliff, KA
Published in: Social Psychological and Personality Science
May 1, 2015

This study used archival data to examine how White, Black, and biracial Black/White people respond to implicit attitude feedback suggesting that they harbor racial bias that does not align with their self-reported attitudes. The results suggested that people are generally defensive in response to feedback indicating that their implicit attitudes differ from their explicit attitudes. Among monoracial White and Black individuals, this effect was particularly strong when they learned that they were implicitly more pro-White than they indicated explicitly. By contrast, biracial Black/White individuals were defensive about large discrepancies in either direction (more pro-Black or more pro-White implicit attitudes). These results pinpoint one distinct difference between monoracial and biracial populations and pave the way for future research to further explore how monoracial majority, minority, and biracial populations compare in other types of attitudes and responses to personal feedback.

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Social Psychological and Personality Science

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EISSN

1948-5514

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1948-5506

Publication Date

May 1, 2015

Volume

6

Issue

4

Start / End Page

373 / 381

Related Subject Headings

  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 1701 Psychology
 

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Howell, J. L., Gaither, S. E., & Ratliff, K. A. (2015). Caught in the Middle: Defensive Responses to IAT Feedback Among Whites, Blacks, and Biracial Black/Whites. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(4), 373–381. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550614561127
Howell, J. L., S. E. Gaither, and K. A. Ratliff. “Caught in the Middle: Defensive Responses to IAT Feedback Among Whites, Blacks, and Biracial Black/Whites.” Social Psychological and Personality Science 6, no. 4 (May 1, 2015): 373–81. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550614561127.
Howell JL, Gaither SE, Ratliff KA. Caught in the Middle: Defensive Responses to IAT Feedback Among Whites, Blacks, and Biracial Black/Whites. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 2015 May 1;6(4):373–81.
Howell, J. L., et al. “Caught in the Middle: Defensive Responses to IAT Feedback Among Whites, Blacks, and Biracial Black/Whites.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 6, no. 4, May 2015, pp. 373–81. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1948550614561127.
Howell JL, Gaither SE, Ratliff KA. Caught in the Middle: Defensive Responses to IAT Feedback Among Whites, Blacks, and Biracial Black/Whites. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 2015 May 1;6(4):373–381.
Journal cover image

Published In

Social Psychological and Personality Science

DOI

EISSN

1948-5514

ISSN

1948-5506

Publication Date

May 1, 2015

Volume

6

Issue

4

Start / End Page

373 / 381

Related Subject Headings

  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 1701 Psychology