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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17575

Title: Joint Effects of Race and Confidence on Perceptions and Influence: Implications for Blacks in Decision Making Positions.
Authors: Sev'er, Aysan
Keywords: race
behaviour styles
decision-making
perceptions
Issue Date: 1989
Citation: Canadian Ethnic Relations XXI(3): 103-119.
Abstract: This study addresses the joint effects of race and behavioural styles in decision-making groups. A 2x2x2 factorial design was employed through which influence and subjective perceptions were measured. Subjects were 189 first-year University of Toronto students. They read a civil injury case and suggested a compensation for the injured party. Then they watched a video-tape of two male jurors discussing the same case. One of the jurors was the target. His race (black/white), confidence (confident/unconfident) and the chosen compensation amount ($2,000/$14,000) formed the conditions. The change in subjects' judgments before and after exposure to the target was the measure of influence. Ratings of the target on 24-item semantic differential scales measured perceptions. Results showed significant effects of confidence on influence. Both race and confidence had independent as well as interactive effects on perceptions. The findings are discussed in relation to minority group members and the subtle forms of differential treatment they may suffer in decision-making situations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17575
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