Psych M.D. - Prejudice



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Term: Prejudice
Definition (Myers): An unjustifiable (and usually negative) attitude toward a group and its members. Prejudice generally involves stereotyped beliefs, negative feelings, and a predisposition to discriminatory action.
Definition (alternative): 1. preconceived judgment or opinion or 2. an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge *
Contextual explanation: Attitudes or opinions about a person or group simply because the person belongs to a specific religion, race, nationality, or other group. Prejudices involve strong feelings that are difficult to change. Prejudice is a mixture of beliefs (often overgeneralized), emotions, and predispositions to action. It is also a schema that influences how we notice and interpret events. Our preconceived ideas about people bias our impressions of their behavior, meaning prejudgments color perceptions.
Related terms and concepts: Stereotype, Ingroup, Outgroup, Ingroup bias, Scapegoat theory
Scientific American Frontiers: The Hidden Prejudice



Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RSVz6VEybk

The Nature of Prejudice



Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4B762n0Zpc
Related websites:
http://www.understandingprejudice.org/
http://www.allaboutpopularissues.org/racial-prejudice.htm
News:
MP Geert Wilders victim of extremist prejudice
Edited by: Melanie



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