The present research was supported by NIMH Grant #R29MH48844 awarded to Monica Biernat. We thank Lynisha Thomas for her assistance with data collection.
Race-Based Social Judgment by Minority Perceivers1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 221–240, February 2000
How to Cite
BILLINGS, L. S., VESCIO, T. K. and BIERNAT, M. (2000), Race-Based Social Judgment by Minority Perceivers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30: 221–240. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2000.tb02313.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
The present study investigated processes of social judgment from the perspective of a minority group. Black participants evaluated either Black or White law-school applicants who possessed either strong or weak credentials. Consistent with predictions of the shifting-standards model (Biernat, Manis, & Nelson, 1991), a significant pattern of out-group polarization emerged when judgments were made on subjective, but not objective response scales. Importantly, results revealed that out-group polarization on subjective response scales was moderated by participants' stereotypes. In line with shifting-standards predictions, only participants who viewed Blacks relatively favorably, compared to Whites, on the dimension of school performance showed a significant pattern of out-group polarization. The shifting-standards model is discussed in relation to other judgment models.