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McNair Scholar 2011Tanya M. Bui

Tanya M. Bui is a senior at Carleton College, majoring in psychology and concentrating in educational studies.  Her research interests revolve around the intersection of social psychology and law, industrial/organizational psychology, and sexology.  Ms. Bui plans to pursue a Ph.D. in conjunction with a J.D. after further exploring her areas of interest.

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I aspire to excogitate how cutting-edge issues shed light on our changing lives and interactions, a testament to the value of interdisciplinary studies in which I want to immerse myself. Whether I propel research or cultivate a holistic framework to govern my applied work, I am excited to pursue a rewarding profession that delves into the intersection of psychology, law, and human nature to offer multidimensional and synthesized contributions to my community.

Research project

Gender Bias in Arbitration Decision-Making

Abstract: The current study examines how gender bias influences arbitration decisions and investigates two variables proposed to mitigate that effect: accountability and professional experience.  96 practicing arbitrators and 212 undergraduate students served as comparison samples, with half of each group randomly assigned to an accountability condition (accountable to others for decisions made, or not).  Participants’ gender attitudes were collected.  Participants then decided whether to uphold or overturn a termination decision in two mock arbitration cases in which grievant gender was experimentally varied.  Results suggest grievant gender influences adjudication by altering the impressions formed of grievants.  Students were more likely to decide against female grievants while arbitrators exhibited the opposite pattern.  Subtler forms of sexist attitudes that favor women predicted the arbitrators’ decisions in actual cases.  These findings warrant future studies to expound on how varied levels of expertise might elicit certain forms of gender bias and how to attenuate the effect of subtle gender attitudes. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Eugene Borgida is currently a Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Borgida received his Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Michigan in 1976.  His research interests include social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, psychology and law, and political psychology.  Dr. Borgida is published in both psychology and law journals, has consulted on legal cases, and has presented his work nationwide.