PLMSTube

PLMSTube is a product of Harvard’s Project on Law and the Mind Sciences.  You should be able to get to it here.  There are a number of video-lectures that should be of interest to readers of this blog.  Jennifer Eberhardt’s set of videos is being discussed over at What Sorts of People; it’s on race and implicit bias and attitudes.  Since the talks look at how such factors actually play out in the justice system, they are pretty horrifying.   We ought to know about this research. 

Another three are about System Justification theory, and cover a lot of topics relevant to this blog’s interests.  Here’s the description:

System justification theory addresses the holding of attitudes that are often contrary to one’s own self-interest and therefore contrary to what one would expect on the basis of theories of self-enhancement or rational self-interest. Thus, our research focuses on counter-intuitive outcomes, such as the internalization of unfavorable stereotypes about one’s own group, nonconscious biases that perpetuate inequality, attitudinal ambivalence directed at fellow ingroup members who challenge the system, opposition to equality among members of disadvantaged groups, rationalization of anticipated social and political outcomes, and tendencies among members of powerless groups to subjectively enhance the legitimacy of their powerlessness and, in some cases, to show greater support for the system than do members of powerful groups

4 thoughts on “PLMSTube

  1. I watched the entire 30 minutes of Jennifer Eberhardt’s talk and even though as a cognitive psychologist I know of implicit bias and such, I am just stunned by those results. Completely flabbergasted. Have mercy, indeed.

    I wonder what we would find if we would dig for things associated with women.

    Or with old people.

    And maybe interesting, after 9/11, things associated with semitic looking people.

  2. Really interesting, and disturbing.

    Does anyone know if there is research like this going on in the UK? Race relations are somewhat different in the UK from the US, so I’d be interested to learn how specific to US culture these studies are, or whether the conclusions generalise to some extent.

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