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The Black-White Malleability Gap in Implicit Racial Evaluations: A Nationally Representative Study

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This study replicates and extends the experimental design originated by Dasgupta and Greenwald (2001), who found a decrease in implicit pro-White biases after exposure to pictures of admired Black individuals. A nationally representative sample was analyzed comparing implicit pro-White biases among Black and White participants. Hypothesis 1 (H1) predicted a replication of previous research among White participants, and H2, derived from the balanced identity theory, predicted an increased pro-Black bias among Blacks after exposure to admired Black individuals. Results provided partial support for H1 and a lack of support for H2. This is the first study to use a nationally representative sample to examine implicit pro-White biases. System justification theory was used to explain the malleability gap in Black and White pro-racial biases.

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The data for the study above were collected by the Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences with funding from NSF Grant 0818839 acquired by Jeremy Freese and James Druckman, Principal Investigators.

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Post print version of article may differ from published version. This is an electronic version of an article published in Pinkston, K. The Black-White Malleability Gap in Implicit Racial Evaluations: A Nationally Representative Study. Journal of Social Psychology. 2015. DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2014.987200. Journal of Social Psychology is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2014.987200.

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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0022-4545

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01/05/2015

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