Whites’ Interpersonal Interactions Shape, and Are Shaped by, Implicit Prejudice

Stacey Sinclair, Andreana C. Kenrick, Drew S. Jacoby-Senghor

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Implicit racial prejudice is a prevalent form of racial bias less subject to conscious awareness and control, compared with self-reported bias. Implicit pro-White/anti-Black bias has documented negative implications for the lives of African Americans. Guided by a “shared-reality” approach, research shows how implicit prejudice shapes the lives of White Americans. Two basic principles emerge. First, under the right circumstances, Whites’ implicit prejudice decreases to correspond with the apparent egalitarianism of their contacts. Second, although individuals cannot introspect much on it, implicit prejudice predicts Whites’ desire to affiliate with fellow Whites. Specifically, greater implicit prejudice predicts liking other Whites who seem uncomfortable interacting with Blacks. This work has ramifications for policies to mitigate prejudice—such as including own-group strategies—as well as societal implications of social networks saturated with individuals who hold similar degrees of implicit prejudice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalPolicy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Administration


  • implicit prejudice
  • racism
  • shared reality
  • social interaction


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