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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Asuncion Miteria Austria, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

African American; African American students; College students; Racism; Facial expression--Cross-cultural studies


This descriptive comparative study explored the relationship between neutral facial expression recognition and racial bias. The researcher obtained a convenience sample of 99 participants (42 men, 57 women) from a private university in the Midwestern United States. Participants' ages ranged from 18 to 39 years old (M =22.07, SD =4.18). Sixty participants identified themselves as Caucasian/White and 39 participants identified themselves as African American/Black. Participants completed a facial expression recognition measurement, the Symbolic Racism 2000 Scale (Henry & Sears, 2002), and a demographic survey. The researcher hypothesized that Caucasian participants would rate the neutral facial expressions of African American men as more negative than the neutral facial expressions of Caucasian men. The researcher further hypothesized that a negative correlation exists between neutral facial expression recognition and racial bias. The results of the study did not support the researcher's hypotheses.


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