PSY 360 Excelsior College Experiencing Discrimination Discussion

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M5D1: Experiencing Discrimination

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Eye color. Boy with brown eyes and boy with blue eyes side by side. Eye colour is an inherited trait influenced by more than one gene (polygenic). It is determined by the amount and type of pigments present in the eye's iris. It was once thought that brown was always dominant and blue recessive, though the fact that two blue- eyed parents can give birth to a brown-eyed child has shown that determination of eye colour does not follow the rules of Mendelian inheritance.Introduction to the Activity
The following videos show an experiment on the effect of prejudice in a very unique way. Even though the creator of the exercise was not a psychologist, many aspects of her experimentation can be applied to prejudice and discrimination psychological principles.

Instructions for PSY 360 Students and MLS 560 Learners
After reading Chapter 9, watch the following videos:

  • A Class Divided (Links to an external site.) http://vlib.excelsior.edu/login?url=http://fod.inf…

(Links to an external site.)Jane Elliott is still conducting her experiments today, but mostly with adult subjects, and she is now utilizing other manipulations.

  • Race Experiment (Links to an external site.) http://vlib.excelsior.edu/login?url=http://fod.inf…

Answer the following questions:

  • Describe at least two concepts or theories about prejudice that Jane Elliott utilizes. Justify how you think these concepts are being used with her technique.
  • What was your overall opinion of Ms. Elliott’s methods?
  • Do you think she is successfully reducing prejudice in the most effective manner? Why or why not?
  • In your discussion, please include a personal example of an experience with prejudice and whether you think this method (or another) could have been used to change attitudes.

Initial Discussion Post

We ask that your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings from the module with proper APA (Links to an external site.) style formatting. You may use additional sources and materials as long as they are relevant to the discussion and cited properly with APA style citations.
We encourage you to visit the Library (Links to an external site.) or the Excelsior OWL (Links to an external site.) for assistance with APA style formatting.

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