Economic scarcity alters the perception of race.

  title={Economic scarcity alters the perception of race.},
  author={Amy R. Krosch and David M. Amodio},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={111 25},
When the economy declines, racial minorities are hit the hardest. Although existing explanations for this effect focus on institutional causes, recent psychological findings suggest that scarcity may also alter perceptions of race in ways that exacerbate discrimination. We tested the hypothesis that economic resource scarcity causes decision makers to perceive African Americans as "Blacker" and that this visual distortion elicits disparities in the allocation of resources. Studies 1 and 2… CONTINUE READING
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