Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
C. Raymond Millimet
Two assumptions derived from Devine and Monteith’s (1993) self-regulatory model of prejudice reduction were tested utilizing a stereotype-activating stimulus believed to be similar to one which is more likely to occur in everyday-life than those used in previous research. Black and white actors making ambiguously hostile statements were evaluated by 92 low and high-prejudiced participants. Rating-scale data provided partial support for the assumption that low-prejudiced participants inhibit stereotype-consistent responses and replace them with personal, more egalitarian beliefs. Specifically, low-prejudiced participants provided significantly more favorable ratings than their high-prejudiced counterparts (p = .030). Reaction-time data provided support for the model’s assumption that low-prejudiced persons use controlled cognitive processes in inhibiting stereotypeconsistent responses by showing that low-prejudiced participants reacted more slowly to hostile traits than their high-prejudiced counterparts. Furthermore, rating-scale and reaction-time data showed that both black and white actors were perceived to be equally hostile, and that low-prejudiced participants used different personal standards and cognitive processes than those exhibited by high-prejudiced participants.
Williams, Sonja, "A test of the self-regulatory model of prejudice reduction" (1997). Student Work. 185.