Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Implicit Bias and the Corresponding Effects on False Memories
by Tucker, Tamara Alina, M.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 2019, 74; 13858798
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored relationships among implicit bias in memory. Using the Correll, Park, Judd, & Wittenbring, (2002) videogame, participants decided to either shoot or not shoot avatars at random, based on if the avatar was armed or unarmed in order to capture the effect of ethnicity and perceived danger. In past literature participants demonstrate implicit bias by "shooting" an armed African American avatar more quickly in comparison to European American avatars, and "not shooting" unarmed avatars more quickly if he was European American. This study did not replicate those findings, and instead found that participants' accuracy varied on what the avatar was holding independent of race. To demonstrate racial implicit associations may result in identification errors, participants read a narrative adapted from Helm, Ceci, and Burd (2016). The findings within this study did not find a significant variation in group means, based on the analysis of memory in the narrative.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schmidt, Stephen R.
Commitee: Jin, Ying, Wallace, Monica A.
School: Middle Tennessee State University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Attitudes, False memories, IAT, Implicit bias, Stereotypes
Publication Number: 13858798
ISBN: 978-1-392-14669-9
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