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Newman Lecture: Police and Racial Bias: Lessons from the Lab for the Street

  • Capstone Campus Room, Capstone Hall 902 Barnwell Street Columbia, SC, 29201 United States (map)

Please join the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Justice for the 2018 Newman Lecture with Joshua Correll, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. His research focuses primarily on how we react to members of racial and ethnic outgroups, the tendency to associate such outgroups with threat, and how this association affects attention, face processing and behavior.

Correll’s integrative talk will describe roughly a decade of research on how a person’s race can influence the decision to shoot. Using a simple videogame, his research demonstrated a dramatic bias: people shoot Black targets more quickly and much more frequently than White targets. The research also shed light on psychological processes that give rise to bias. Subsequent work with lay people and police officers explores strategies to reduce this bias. This work highlights factors contributing to success and pitfalls that may unintentionally exacerbate racial bias, even among highly trained police officers.