Amy Krosch, who holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from New York University and leads a social psychology lab at Cornell University, will present her nationally-acclaimed research on how economic scarcity exacerbates racism and social discrimination on Monday, Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room, as part of the Psychology Colloquium Series.
“The study’s findings point to a new challenge to discrimination reduction since perceptual effects appear to operate without a person’s awareness,” Krosch told The Huffington Post in 2014 when the study was released. “People typically assume that what they see is an accurate representation of the world, so if their initial perceptions of race are actually distorted by economic factors, people may not even realize the potential for bias.”
Described as “useful” and “surprising” by New York magazine, Krosch’s research uses innovative experimental approaches to assess brain mechanisms and behavior. At Cornell, Krosch continues to research how social and economic factors impact discrimination.
“Dr. Krosch’s research is of particular importance not simply because of its relevance to racism and discrimination, but because she is bringing new experimental tools to bear in the study of these questions,” says Assistant Professor of Psychology Daniel Graham. “In particular, she leverages advanced image processing techniques as well as knowledge about face perception mechanisms in the human brain to better understand human social behavior.”
Refreshments will be served prior to the event, which is presented by the Office of the Provost and the Department of Psychology.