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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:15am - 12:00pm
Harry Potter And The Curse Of Implicit Racial Bias

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Implicit attitudes have been found to form around age 10. Implicit attitudes are vital to understanding prejudice. Childhood, particularly before and around 10-years-old, is a time when there might be room for intervention while forming implicit attitudes. Harry Potter is a piece of literature designed for this age range, and contains many anti-racist images, potentially making it a useful tool for combating the development of implicit prejudice. The aim of this study was to link age of exposure to Harry Potter to implicit prejudice scores. Implicit racial prejudice was measured via the Affect Misattribution Procedure. Participants also indicated the age at which they first read a variety of fictional literature, including Harry Potter. We expect that people who were exposed to Harry Potter before age 10 will show lower implicit racial bias scores than those who encountered Harry Potter at an older age. We also expect that exposure to Harry Potter, because of its anti-prejudice message, will show a stronger negative correlation with implicit racial biases than exposure to other popular literature read by kids and young adults. If these hypothesis are supported, then Harry Potter could be a viable means of disrupting children’s development of racial prejudice.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Wilma Sherrill Center - Concourse

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