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    Racial and ethnic bias in decisions to shoot seen through a stronger lens: experiment

    Racial and ethnic bias in decisions to shoot seen through a stronger lens: experimental results from high-fidelity laboratory simulations

    Abstract
    Background

    Research on racial bias in the United States includes findings that Americans tend to view blacks as more dangerous than whites. Some have argued that this bias provides a likely explanation for the disproportionate number of ethnic and racial minorities shot by police. One piece of evidence for this proposition comes from experimental work in which research participants push “shoot” or “don’t shoot” buttons when still images of people and objects that may or may not be weapons are presented in rapid succession. These studies have established that participants tend to subconsciously pair black individuals with weapons and white individuals with neutral objects. However, it is not clear from these studies that the subconscious racial bias identified by researchers affects actual decisions to shoot, perhaps because the techniques used to assess the bias-shooting link bear so little resemblance to real-world shootings.
    Methods

    This paper reports on the results of a novel laboratory experiment designed to overcome this critical limitation by using high-fidelity deadly force judgment and decision-making simulators to assess both subconscious and behavioral bias among 48 research participants, recruited from the general population.
    Results

    Study results suggest that subconscious associations between race and threat exhibited by participants are not linked to their shooting behavior.
    Conclusions

    The implications of this finding for understanding how race and ethnicity affect decisions to shoot, and for conducting empirical research on this important topic, are discussed.
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    The study is not worth the paper it is written on.
    The participants, 85 percent of whom were white, "demonstrated significantly greater threat responses against black suspects than white or Hispanic suspects," wrote James and her co-authors, University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist David Klinger and WSU Spokane's Bryan Vila. This, they said, suggests the participants "held subconscious biases associating blacks and threats," which is consistent with previous psychological research on racial stereotypes.
    The report used the term "biases." "Bias" means a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.

    Please explain to me how the constant news reports about black crime and FBI statistics about black crime result in an unfair prejudice by whites? I know blacks that have a fear of young black crime perpetrated against them. Is not that an unfair prejudice?

    The reports is promoting racial stereotyping, without it they are out of a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    Racial and ethnic bias in decisions to shoot seen through a stronger lens: experimental results from high-fidelity laboratory simulations

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    http://link.springer.com/article/10....292-014-9204-9

    Review http://phys.org/news/2014-09-wsu-dea...sparities.html
    The need to justify funding. No papers published, no funding next year.

    "At the moment, there are no comprehensive statistics on whether the police do inappropriately shoot at black males more than they do at white males," said James.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-09-wsu-dea...ities.html#jCp

    "At the moment, there are no comprehensive statistics on whether the police do inappropriately shoot at black males more than they do at white males," said James."At the moment, there are no comprehensive statistics on whether the police do inappropriately shoot at black males more than they do at white males," said James.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-09-wsu-dea...ities.html#jCp

    "At the moment, there are no comprehensive statistics on whether the police do inappropriately shoot at black males more than they do at white males," said James.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-09-wsu-dea...ities.html#jCp

    "At the moment, there are no comprehensive statistics on whether the police do inappropriately shoot at black males more than they do at white males," said James.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-09-wsu-dea...ities.html#jCp
    Well, whose fault is that? Did these nitwits ask the cops? Like 48 randomly selected cop shops?
    Methods
    This paper reports on the results of a novel laboratory experiment designed to overcome this critical limitation by using high-fidelity deadly force judgment and decision-making simulators to assess both subconscious and behavioral bias among 48 research participants, recruited from the general population.
    Now, how about this "study" being done with cops only.

    I suspect that my older boy, after many hours on those army shooter video games would completely invalidate this "study."
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