Department of Psychology 2019 Annual Equity and Inclusion Lecture
In this talk, I will describe a series of studies demonstrating that cultural differences in how people ideally want to feel (their ideal affect) shape how people judge and treat others. Consistent with our previous findings that European Americans value excitement states more than East Asians, European Americans rate excited (vs. calm) faces as more affiliative (friendly, extraverted, trustworthy) in part because they find excited (vs. calm) faces to be more rewarding than do East Asians. These differences predict with whom people share resources, whom people hire, and even whom they choose as their leader. I will propose that these cultural differences in ideal affect may lead to unintended biases and disparities in multicultural societies like the U.S. Finally, I will suggest ways we might reduce these disparities and create more culturally inclusive environments across a variety of applied settings.
Berkeley Way West
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Psychology, Department of
Jeanne L. Tsai, Ph.D. Professor