Keynote Address/Opening Ceremony
The Masquerade of Racial Group Differences in Psychological Sciences
Thursday, May 24, 2012,
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Racial group disparities are common and widely accepted in many areas of psychological and biological sciences. Rarely is the basic underlying nature of these differences questioned. The growing emphasis in the social and behavioral sciences on biological and neurological processes creates a need to examine the “easy” assumptions of racial group differences. The Environmental Affordances Framework of Health Disparities is used to illustrate the intersection of the environment, stress, and self-regulatory behaviors, which may account for observed racial group disparities in physical and mental health statuses that, in the final analysis, are fundamentally only a masquerade.
Jackson’s research focuses on how culture influences our health during our lives, attitude changes, and social support. He has contributed enormously to our understanding of such diverse perspectives as race relations and racism around the world. For example, his research has highlighted how racial discrimination can affect physical and mental health and treatment. Jackson is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of the Aging Society Research Network of the MacArthur Foundation. He is a recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for his lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research.
James Jackson in The Faces and Minds of Psychological Science