Psychology Department Speakers Series

2019-2020 Psychology Department Speakers Series

All presentations are free and held in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center.  

For more information, contact Dr. Frank Conner (ph: (616) 234-3612)

*Streaming video of each presentation will be available after each lecture.

 

What Do We Know About Race and Police Use of Deadly Force? Analyses of Real-World and Laboratory Decision Data

October 8
1 p.m.

Among academics and the general public, there exists the widespread belief that police officers are racially-biased in their decisions to use deadly force. In this talk, I present data collected in our lab over the last few years from both real-world shootings and simulated laboratory decisions. These data suggest that claims of pervasive racial bias in deadly-force use may indicate a misunderstanding of the nature of deadly force decisions and the cognitive processes underlying such decisions. I discuss various points of uncertainty in the data and how future research might address these unknowns. Finally, I discuss what we might realistically expect from various training interventions, such as implicit bias training.

 

Past Psychology Department Speaker Series videos

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

2011-12

2010-11

2009-10