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The Negative Consequences of Mere Exposure to Microaggressions


Theme: Microaggressions: Conceptual, Research, and Practice/Intervention Implications; Freedom of Expression and Race: Considerations, Tensions, and Contradictions
Project Title: The Negative Consequences of Mere Exposure to Microaggressions
GranteeDenise Sekaquaptewa, Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan
Grant Period: January-June 2018

This project will examine the effects of experiencing microaggressions, using experimental methodology. We will examine not only the experience of being the direct targets of those microaggressions, but also the effects on witnesses to those interactions. We ask, “Can merely witnessing interactions in which someone else is targeted result in negative effects similar to when one is the direct target of microaggressions?” Through this project we will create a pre-test of experimental videos that allow people to experience microaggressions as either a target or a witness, which can be used in research as well as bias awareness demonstrations.