Black Male Faces More Likely to Be Seen As Threatening | Miller-McCune Online Magazine

A research team led by psychologist Jenessa Shapiro of the University of California, Los Angeles conducted a preliminary study and three experiments to determine whether whites are more likely to perceive facial expressions as threatening if the face in question belongs to an African-American male. Their disturbing results are detailed in their paper “Following in the Wake of Anger,” which was published online Tuesday in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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3 responses to “Black Male Faces More Likely to Be Seen As Threatening | Miller-McCune Online Magazine

  1. It was fascinating to me; however, that 36 people were enough to establish a clear result of: “the study suggests that for whites, the stereotype of the threatening black male is easy to activate.”
    Otherwise, a very interesting article.

  2. Well, it was a preliminary study 🙂 I’ll be interested to see if the findings are replicated in a more thorough study.

  3. I would also be interested to see if the study would be the same or different on all people….white, black and all colors/ethnities, etc. in between. It would also be interesting to see if there is a difference between genders.
    This kinda thing fascinates me….I just am not putting all white people into one lump because of a measly 36. Just sayin’. 🙂
    Also, it would be interesting to note differences in region.

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