Title

Conceptions and Perceptions

Presenter Information

Payton BuntingFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Nonprofit Leadership Studies

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Dr. Megan St. Peters

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Going to a university introduces many students to a more diverse peer group than to which they are accustomed. While this diversity offers a great opportunity for students to learn and experience different cultures, unfamiliarity can result in reliance on stereotyped perceptions – not only in how one perceives others, but also how one believes they are being perceived by others. Meta-stereotypes are the stereotypes individuals hold about the ways members of another racial group will view them. The current study aims to explore the meta-stereotypes associated with race (Caucasian/White and African American/Black) in Murray State University students. In this online study, students are asked to rate how they believe people of the opposite race perceive them, as well as various factors such as demographic information, perceived social status, and sense of control, that may be predictive of meta-stereotypes. It is hypothesized that the presence of negative racial meta-stereotypes will be moderated by race, sex, year in college, perceived social status, and sense of control.

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Conceptions and Perceptions

Going to a university introduces many students to a more diverse peer group than to which they are accustomed. While this diversity offers a great opportunity for students to learn and experience different cultures, unfamiliarity can result in reliance on stereotyped perceptions – not only in how one perceives others, but also how one believes they are being perceived by others. Meta-stereotypes are the stereotypes individuals hold about the ways members of another racial group will view them. The current study aims to explore the meta-stereotypes associated with race (Caucasian/White and African American/Black) in Murray State University students. In this online study, students are asked to rate how they believe people of the opposite race perceive them, as well as various factors such as demographic information, perceived social status, and sense of control, that may be predictive of meta-stereotypes. It is hypothesized that the presence of negative racial meta-stereotypes will be moderated by race, sex, year in college, perceived social status, and sense of control.