Stigma From Science: Group Differences, not Group Deficits
Time and Location
Friday May 25, 2007, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
International Ballroom Center
Groups often differ along various dimensions, and psychological scientists enjoy studying those differences. However, such scientific investigations of group differences can lead to a group's stigmatization if the goal of the comparison is to cast one group in a negative light, if the data are interpreted with reference to one group as the norm, and if the conclusions portray one group in an undesirable light. A distinguished panel will explore historical and contemporary examples of such "stigma from science" in studies of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and culture, and suggest strategies for avoiding these problems in research.
Morton Ann Gernsbacher's Presidential Columns from the APS Observer, which address other issues of stigma in science, are available online.