"They All Look Alike": Own Race Bias as a Product of Language
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Fernand Lubuguin, Ph.D.
First Committee Member
Neil Krohn, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Frank Tuitt, Ph.D.
Race, Racial Bias, Language, Visual Perception
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.
Havens, Abra, ""They All Look Alike": Own Race Bias as a Product of Language" (2009). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 256.