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McNair Scholar 2012Jeweletter Johnson

Jeweletter Johnson is a senior psychology major at Carleton College. Her research interests are in counseling psychology and revolve around issues concerning underserved and marginalized youth and communities. Ms. Johnson plans to pursue a Ph.D., in counseling psychology while exploring and developing her research interests before and during graduate school.

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I desire to assist devalued and underprivileged youth to persevere through numerous obstacles and become healthy, effective, and growing individuals. I want to return to communities and be a force that helps youth recognize their potential and pursue a better life. If I am able to help only a small number of individuals, I will still feel accomplished in my goal as, hopefully, those I helped also will return to the community and uplift others.

Research project

Implicit Bias and the Cross-Race Effect

Abstract: The present study replicated the Cross-Race Effect (CRE) phenomenon and examined the influence of high levels of knowledge about the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida on the robustness of the CRE. Study 1 used White and Black photos in a face recognition paradigm and Study 2 was an online-based survey assessing the influence of media exposure to the Trayvon Martin shooting on participants’ cross-race face identification accuracy. Results indicate that participants were more accurate in their identification of White than Black faces for all accuracy indicators (p<.001), thus replicating the CRE. However, the magnitude of the CRE wanes as a function of actual and self-reported knowledge. Actual and self-reported knowledge of the shooting did influence discrimination accuracy of White and Black faces (p<.001). Studies 1 and 2 suggest that the CRE is generally a robust phenomenon and eyewitness evidence for cross-racial identification remains vulnerable to error. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Eugene Borgida is 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 attitudes and social cognition, psychology and law, and political psychology. Dr. Borgida has published works in both psychology and law journals, has served as an expert witness in legal cases, and has presented his work at national and international conferences.