Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Dr. Kelly Madole (Director), Dr. Katrina Phelps, Dr. Elizabeth Lemerise
Department of Psychology
Specialist in Education
Children’s understanding of race constancy and their subsequent use of race as a means of drawing inductive inferences were investigated. Race constancy was determined by children’s tendency to say that people could change category membership by changing their outside appearance. A second phase of the study measured how many race-based inferences children made relative to other social categories such as age or sex. The results indicated that children who had a better understanding of race constancy were also more likely to use race as a means of drawing inductive inferences. These findings support a developmental progression of race constancy and give insight to the development of potential bias and stereotypes.
Cognitive Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social Psychology
Dawson, Casey A., "Children's Use of Race in Drawing Inferences Based on Their Understanding of Race Constancy" (2007). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 10.