Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Michelle Visio

Keywords

skin tone, perceptions, stereotypes, pride, emotions, MTurk

Subject Categories

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Abstract

This study is a replication and extension of Brosi, Welpe, Sporrle, and Heilman’s (2016) study that investigates the effects skin tone and emotional expression has on ratings of agency, communality, and interpersonal hostility. A picture of an African American female target was manipulated to depict three skin tones (light, brown, and dark) and expressed either pride or happiness. Data were collected from 399 participants via Amazon Mechanical Turk. Although explicit and implicit measures were used, the implicit measures were unreliable therefore, only the explicit measures were analyzed. Results revealed the brown target rated as more agentic and interpersonally hostile when she expressed pride than the light and dark targets. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Copyright

© Jessica Aikens

Open Access

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