Briefly describe the experimental procedure in the following article.Cognitive costs of exposure to racial prejudice" by Salvatore and Shelton Racism's Cognitive Toll: Subtle Discrimination is More...

Briefly describe the experimental procedure in the following article.

Cognitive costs of exposure to racial prejudice" by Salvatore and Shelton

Racism's Cognitive Toll: Subtle Discrimination is More Taxing on the Brain

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/media/releases/2007/shelton.cfm

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The basic procedure in the experiment described in this article was to expose people to decisions that were either racist or not racist and then to see how their cognitive abilities were affected.

The subjects of the study were told that they were going to be watching hiring decisions being made by a company.  They got to see all the information about each candidate and it was made quite clear which candidate was most qualified.  The race of the candidates was identified.  Sometimes the most qualified candidate was selected and sometimes he or she was passed over and it was made clear that race was behind the decision.

After watching these decisions being made, the subjects were tested for cognitive ability.  The point was to determine whether watching racially prejudiced decisions impaired the subjects' cognitive abilities.

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