Research Publication by Psychology Professor James Weyant

Research Publication by Psychology Professor James Weyant

Dr. James Weyant, a USD psychology professor, has recently been published in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. His research article, Reducing Implicit Bias Toward Non-Native Speakers of English Via Perspective Takingfocuses on an experiment to see if a perspective taking exercise would reduce bias towards those who speak English as a second language, specfically towards native Spanish speakers.

In this study, participants were told to establish an impression of the speaker before listening to a recording of a woman speaking. Participants were then asked to imagine a typical day for the speaker. The group practicing perspective taking were asked to also take into account what the speakers perspective may be. The results of this experiment showed a reduced negative bias towards non-native English speakers due to the perspective taking exercise. 


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