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Dr Amanda Williams wins prestigious Early Career Award

25 June 2018

Many congratulations to Dr Amanda Williams who has been nominated by the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section (SPS) Committee to be the recipient of the Early Career Award.

The award will be given to Amanda, a Lecturer in Psychology at the School of Education, in recognition of her outstanding research in social psychology as an early-career scholar.

Amanda published a paper, ‘Examining exemplar and category-based implicit racial attitudes in childhood’, which stemmed from her PhD. The goal of this research was to examine children’s implicit racial attitudes.

It was found that white children’s automatic prejudice might be driven by positive feelings toward the ingroup (whites) instead of negative feelings toward the outgroup (blacks) and that biased attitudes are more likely to be expressed when aspects of the environment encourage children to group people by race. These findings are among the first to suggest that different types of interventions may be more successful at reducing prejudice across childhood.

The results from this study has generated interest to the general public, being written up in a variety of newspapers including the Toronto Star, Bristol Post, and Metro news.

Amanda will be presented with her prize at the forthcoming SPS conference in August. 

We are so proud of you Dr Williams! Well done on this fantastic achievement.

Further information

The citation of the paper is:

Williams, A., & Steele, J.R. (in press). Examining exemplar and category-based implicit racial attitudes in childhood. Child Development. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12991

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