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Shooter Bias

Title: Shooter Bias: The Implications of Race and Socioeconomic Status.
Name(s): Moore, Samantha, author
Department of Psychology
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Previous research examining decisions to shoot using computer simulations has found that people tend to be biased toward shooting Black suspects (i.e., participants tend to be quick to shoot Black suspects and to mistakenly shoot unarmed Black suspects). Additionally, research has found that White people tend to perceive poor Whites as a threat and respond negatively toward poor White people. The present work examines influences of both race and socioeconomic status on decisions to shoot during a computer simulation task. The results indicate that socioeconomic status level of the suspect influenced participants' responses to the shooter task, while race of the suspect had little impact. Specifically, participants' were faster to shoot armed low socioeconomic status individuals as compared to armed high socioeconomic status individuals. These findings suggest that stereotypic associations between low socioeconomic status people and criminality may influence decisions to shoot.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0200 (IID)
Keywords: race, socioeconomic status, bias, decision making, shooter bias, decisions to shoot
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for tge degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: April 18, 2013.
Subject(s): Social psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Moore, S. (2013). Shooter Bias: The Implications of Race and Socioeconomic Status. Retrieved from