What you wear can influence how people perceive your race
- September 27, 2011
- A study co-authored by Andrew Penner, sociology assistant professor, is featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Science Daily and Huffington Post September 26, 2011
From The Wall Street Journal:
What you wear can influence how others view you - specifically what they perceive your race to be, a new study finds. The findings show how stereotypes and prejudices play a powerful role in how we mentally categorize people, says Jon Freeman, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in psychology at Tufts University. The researchers, a group of psychologists and sociologists from Tufts, Stanford University and University of California, Irvine, asked study participants to determine the race of computerized faces wearing high-status attire (a business suit) or low-status attire (a janitor's jumpsuit). Faces viewed in high-status attire were more likely to be seen as white and faces viewed in low-status attire were likely to be seen as black.
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