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ERIC Number: EJ824092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Physiologic Responses to Racial Rejection Images among Young Adults from African-American Backgrounds
Kiang, Lisa; Blumenthal, Terry D.; Carlson, Erika N.; Lawson, Yolanda N.; Shell, J. Clark
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v38 n2 p164-174 Feb 2009
Physiologic reactivity to racially rejecting images was assessed in 35 young adults (10 males, 25 female) from African-American backgrounds using the startle probe paradigm. In a laboratory setting, participants viewed 16 images depicting racial rejection, racial acceptance, nonracial negative, and nonracial positive themes. While viewing these images, startling bursts of noise were presented and the magnitude of the eyeblink responses were measured. Results supported an attentional mechanism which suggests that, while viewing both racially rejecting and nonracial positive images, individuals may be so absorbed in processing the images that they appear less distracted by the startling noise. However, these patterns were only found for participants low in racial regard. Young adults who felt positively about their racial background did not exhibit differential processing of startle stimuli as a function of slide themes. Race-rejection sensitivity did not moderate startle reactivity. Developmental implications, particularly in light of coping with racial discrimination, are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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