Race plays a critical role in shaping how people experience the world around them, so one would expect a rich body of literature published in mainstream psychological journals to examine its effects on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
By Melissa De Witte
However, race is almost absent from top psychological publications, according to a new study led by Steven O. Roberts, an assistant professor of psychology in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His research, published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, found that prominent psychological publications that highlight race are rare, and when race is discussed, it is authored mostly and edited almost entirely by white scholars.
“Psychologists are supposed to know about racial bias and how to prevent it from stratifying the world,” Roberts said. “But if we, the so-called experts, have a problem, t…