Triggering “white racist” stereotype threat has been shown to increase anxiety and have negative cognitive and behavioral consequences in whites, including:
Physically distancing themselves from African American conversation partners.
Fidgeting or avoiding eye contact.
- Impaired working memory caused by monitoring or regulating behavior to avoid appearing prejudiced.
Temporary increases in implicit (unconscious) racial bias.
Desire to avoid interactions with African American conversation partner.
The Space Between Us: Stereotype Threat and Distance in Interracial Contexts
Concerns About Appearing Prejudiced Get Under The Skin: Stress Responses To Interracial Contact In The Moment And Across Time
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