PSYC 151 Paper 3

PSYC 151 Paper 3 - Brent Klein-Horsman Psychology 151 J...

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Brent Klein-Horsman Psychology 151 J Professor Kok 19 November 2007 Race has always been an issue in our culture, whether we are oblivious to it or not, it still is evident in many ways. The many stereotypes of a given race are impressed upon us through our environment by ways of the media, history, and personal experiences. The examples tend to continually be negative thanks to a culture that feeds on tragedy and violence, rather than what is good in the world. Though there are many counter examples to the numerous bad attitudes we are shown towards race, many of those negative ideas still remain with or without realizing them. The Dutch are still thought to be very tight with their money and certain members of the African American community are thought to be violent or criminals. Many think they do not believe they have these negative attitudes toward race but it is not always the case that a person’s conscious state of mind in regards to race is the same as their unconscious state. According to Malcolm Gladwell attitudes toward race are split into those two categories, conscious and unconscious. The conscious attitudes being stated values that are used to direct behavior; where as the unconscious attitudes are more instantaneous, creating automatic associations that are taken from the culture and personal experiences. I recently took the Implicit Attitudes Test regarding race in an attempt to get and
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course PSYC 151 taught by Professor Kok during the Spring '08 term at Calvin.

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PSYC 151 Paper 3 - Brent Klein-Horsman Psychology 151 J...

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