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Strangers in a Strange LabHow Personality Shapes Our Initial Encounters with Others$
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William Ickes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372953.001.0001

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(p.53) 4 Race/Ethnicity
Strangers in a Strange Lab

William Ickes

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of people's race/ethnicity in their initial interactions with others. In interactions between Blacks and Whites, prejudiced Whites who are unable to avoid or escape the interaction try to establish psychological distance by talking, smiling, and looking at their Black partner less than non-prejudiced Whites do. These effects are most evident when the experimenter is Black, rather than White. In interactions in which all pairings of Blacks, Latinos, and Whites are represented, a Latino social advantage emerges. Dyads that contain at least one Latino member have better, more involving interactions, and this effect can be traced to the fact that Latinos have more simpático-relevant thoughts and feelings than Blacks or Whites.

Keywords:   race, ethnicity, Blacks, Latinos, Whites, prejudice, Latino social advantage, cultural values, simpatía, simpático

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