The Role of Emotion in Prejudice – Prejudice and Bias (PSY)

by Tarry Ahuja, PhD

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    00:00 Emotion plays a role in prejudice.

    00:03 And we know that emotion and cognition or how you think plays a very important role in shaping a prejudice.

    00:08 Now, we know that if you’re upset, then that might shape the way you execute your prejudice.

    00:15 We also know that fear and frustration are emotional drivers behind prejudice.

    00:21 So when you’re scared or you’re frustrated, it’s very easy for you to show prejudice against another group or another individual.

    00:31 So if you are afraid of perhaps a new culture or group of individuals moving into your neighborhood or your territory, you might be a little bit apprehensive and afraid.

    00:42 What is this going to do to my neighborhood? And is this going to do to me? And I have no power over this. Nobody is allowing me to choose if they can come in.

    00:50 They're just coming in and now you are frustrated.

    00:51 So your reaction might be, “Well, I don’t know about those people that come from that town.

    00:58 That town called Bumsville.

    01:00 Those Bumsville people, they are just really, really lazy, and they steal and you’re thinking this.

    01:06 And is that really founded on actual evidence? Do you really know for a fact that the people from Bumpsville are actually that lazy or that terrible? And you don’t.

    01:16 But because you are afraid and you are frustrated, you actually imply and roll out that prejudice.

    01:23 This can elicit the natural reaction of hostility as well from both sides.

    01:28 Now, all of a sudden, I’m laying out this prejudice against this group.

    01:32 And it’s gotten mean to a heightened state of arousal.

    01:38 And in the moment, something even perceived happens, so they actually do something maybe by mistake or inadvertently that aligns with my prejudice.

    01:48 Now I can become extremely hostile.

    01:50 Now if you flip it, the receiver of the prejudice might by self-defense become quite hostile as well.

    01:58 when he or she feels, or the group feels that they’re not being welcomed and then instead there is this prejudice they might be hostile as well.

    02:06 A scapegoat, which I think is why we have this beautiful figure of weird looking goat.

    02:12 It refers to the individual at whom this place hostility is directed.

    02:18 So, you might actually identified with the certain individual or group that’s going to be the brunt of your prejudice.

    02:27 And, again it might be – most of the time it is displaced. It’s not appropriate.

    02:32 but you find, “Hey that person I think he’s the one that’s responsible.

    02:35 And all the prejudice, all the hostility and everything is directed towards that one individual even though it’s not really founded.

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    The lecture The Role of Emotion in Prejudice – Prejudice and Bias (PSY) by Tarry Ahuja, PhD is from the course Social Thinking.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Scapegoat
    2. Prejudice
    3. Emotional cognition
    4. Social cognition
    5. Social perception
    1. Scapegoats
    2. External attribution
    3. Unstable attribution
    4. External locus of control
    5. Looking-glass self

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     Tarry Ahuja, PhD

    Tarry Ahuja, PhD

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