Title

"They All Look Alike": Own Race Bias as a Product of Language

Date of Award

7-15-2009

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Fernand Lubuguin, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Neil Krohn, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Frank Tuitt, Ph.D.

Keywords

Race, Racial Bias, Language, Visual Perception

Abstract

The United States is a racialized society with a long tradition of labeling individuals according to racial categories. The language used to organize racial reality in American culture impacts the ways members of various racial groups perceive each other. This phenomenon extends to seemingly straightforward visual perceptions such as those required to recognize an individual's face. Interracial differences in facial recognition have been widely researched and provide a useful example of the impact of racial labels on perception. This pattern extends beyond visual perception and impacts all forms of relationships, including the psychotherapy relationship.

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