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Brian Lickel and Rachel Steele in Chile

Brian Lickel, Rachel Stele and colleagues in Chile

Professor Brian Lickel and graduate student Rachel Steele, from the University of Massachusetts, gave a talk on Thursday August 8, 2013 entitled, Social and Psychological Processes Underlying Intergroup Retaliation and Reconciliation kicking off the season of conferences at the School of Psychology, Catholic University of Chile, Interdisciplinary Center for intercultural and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Linda Tropp comments in the AARP blog on Paula Deen’s teachable moment: Can we change our attitudes?

Paula Deen

Celebrity chef Paula Deen's empire is in free fall because of allegations that she used harmful, racist language.Does Dean, 66, need to adjust some of her core beliefs, attitudes and behaviors? Can she, or for that matter, can any of us? And if so, how?

Linda Tropp, had a thesis: racist behavior can grow out of ignorance and fear. An experiment led by Tropp, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, concluded that white participants who talked about racially charged issues with African Americans were consistently more comfortable if they spent more time listening rather than talking about, and justifying, themselves and their own behavior.

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