Kenneth L. Smoke Colloquium Series Lecture

Managing Emotions in the Face of Discrimination: Implications for Individual and Group Outcomes

Dorainne J. Green
Assistant Professor | Psychological and Brain Sciences Department
Indiana University Bloomington

Contending with discrimination can yield a cascade of negative affective, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological outcomes, but the emotions it engenders can also motivate collective action. Recent research on emotion regulation suggests that reflecting on negative experiences from a distanced, rather than immersed, perspective results in less negative affective outcomes, including diminished anger. In this talk, I will present research examining how emotion regulation strategies shape multiple consequences of exposure to group-based discrimination for members of different stigmatized groups (i.e., racial minorities, women). Specifically, I consider the implications of distanced compared with immersed processing of discriminatory events for individuals’ affective and cognitive experiences, physiological outcomes, and collective-action tendencies. Implications for potential interventions designed to mitigate the negative outcomes of contending with discrimination while preserving motivation for collective action will be discussed.

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Monday, March 15 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm


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Lectures & Presentations

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Psychology Department
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