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Exploring the Mind Speaker Series - Melanie Killen, University of Maryland

Exploring the Mind Speaker Series 2017-2018

Feb 02, 2018
from 12:10 PM to 01:30 PM

267 Cousteau Place in East Davis

Dr. Melanie Killen, Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, Professor of Psychology, and the Associate Director for the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland, will give a special seminar titled "What Works to Reduce Prejudice? Developmental Science Has Some Answers".



Developmental science perspectives on prejudice provide a fundamental and important window into determining how to reduce prejudicial attitudes and biases. Research with historically disadvantaged and advantaged groups in childhood and adolescence reveals that children are aware of status and hierarchies, often reject the status quo, and seek to rectify social inequalities. Challenging individuals and groups that exclude others, however, is costly.  Facilitating positive cross-race and cross-ethnic interactions and friendships is a key to creating common ground and reducing "in-group vs outgroup" attitudes which is a salient part of why prejudice forms in the first place.  The negative consequences of experiencing prejudice and bias include depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. Thus, intervention, to be effective, must happen early in development, before prejudice and stereotypes are deeply entrenched (and difficult to change) by adulthood.