Implicit motivation to control prejudice moderates the effect of cognitive depletion on unintended
Park, S.H., Glaser, J., & Knowles, E.D. (2008). Implicit motivation to control prejudice moderates the effect of cognitive depletion on unintended discrimination. Social Cognition, 26, 379-398.
The role of Implicit motivation to Control prejudice (ImCp) in moderating
the effect of resource depletion on spontaneous discriminatory behavior
was examined. Cognitive resource depletion was manipulated by having
participants solve either difficult or easy anagrams. A “Shooter Task” measuring unintended racial discriminatory behavior followed. participants
then reported their subjective experiences in the task. Finally, ImCp and
an implicit race-weapons stereotype were measured, both using Go/no-go
Association Tasks (GnATs). ImCp moderated the effect of depletion on discriminatory behavior: depletion resulted in more racial bias in the Shooter
Task only for those who scored low in our measure of ImCp, while high
ImCp participants performed comparably in both the low and high depletion conditions.
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