I will be giving a talk this Friday at the Michigan State University Social and Personality Brown Bag Series:
“Reducing Racial Categorization Through Alternative Cues to Group Membership”
Much research has supported the idea that categorization by race is both automatic and mandatory. However, according to recent evolutionary models of categorization, it is unlikely that humans would have developed cognitive mechanisms to identify race. More likely, humans evolved to encode coalitional membership of individuals, with race serving as an arbitrary cue to group membership. I present data in favor of this hypothesis, and demonstrate that when a more reliable cue to coalition is present, categorization by race is reduced. I also examine the strength of this reduction, and test what conditions might lead individuals to continue categorizing by race.
The talk will be in the Psychology Building, Room 230, from 12:00pm-1:00pm on April 19th.