Dartmouth Events

Psychological and Brain Sciences Colloquium

Betsy Levy Paluck, PhD, Princeton University

Friday, February 18, 2022
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Intended Audience(s): Alumni, Faculty, Postdoc, Staff, Students-Graduate, Students-Undergraduate
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Please join us on Friday, February 18, 2021, at 3:30 p.m., for a virtual colloquium given by Betsy Levy Paluck, Professor & Acting Chair, Psychology and Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Title and abstract are below, and Zoom details will be provided at a later date.

Title:  Prejudice Reduction: Progress and Challenges

Abstract:  The past decade has seen rapid growth in research that evaluates methods for reducing prejudice. We review 418 experiments reported in 309 manuscripts from 2007 to 2019 to assess which approaches work best and why. Our quantitative assessment uses meta-analysis to estimate average effects. Our qualitative assessment calls attention to landmark studies that are noteworthy for sustained interventions, imaginative measurement, and transparency. However,76% of all studies evaluate light touch interventions, the long-term impact of which remains unclear. The modal intervention uses mentalizing as a salve for prejudice. Although these studies report optimistic conclusions, we identify troubling indications of publication bias that may exaggerate effects. Furthermore, landmark studies often find limited effects, which suggests the need for further theoretical innovation or synergies with other kinds of psychological or structural interventions. We conclude that much research effort is theoretically and empirically ill-suited to provide actionable, evidence-based recommendations for reducing prejudice.

For more information, contact:
Michelle Powers

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.