The Relationship between Caucasian and African Americans

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Hypothesis Wittenbrink, Judd, and Park (1997) hypothesized the degree of involuntariness of Caucasian Americans’ triggered connections of African Americans. They thought that involuntary stereotyping would occur when being presented elements that referenced African Americans. Easier responding to African American related elements should occur after experiencing elements that related to African Americans (black prime) and Caucasian American stereotypes after experiencing elements that related to Caucasian Americans (white prime). The eased responses to stereotypes should vary according to how positive or negative the element is (valence), therefore expressing involuntary prejudices (Wittenbrink, Judd, & Park, 1997). Methodology Wittenbrink, Judd, and Park (1997) studied eighty-eight people from the University of Colorado, who were in a psychology course, in order to receive points for their class. African Americans were not included. Caucasian American participants had to do three irrelevant assignments. One involved classifying to which race people belonged to according to first names. In this way, a connection with race categories was reinforced and was used as group primes. Following this, they had them do a response time assignment (out of awareness procedure), where they were asked if different strings of letters on the computer were a word or were not a word this was part of the Lexical Decision Task (LDT) (Wittenbrink, Judd, and Park, 1997). Before presenting the words
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