Policing and Racism, Insights from Psychological Science: Expert Panel

On May 21, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) will convene a panel of experts on policing and racism to discuss the latest scientific data and share insights into the factors behind racial bias during police encounters. Journalists are invited to attend this one-hour online presentation.

George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, by former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin. That murder triggered protests across the United States and became a rallying cry for reform. On April 20, 2021, the jury in the Chauvin trial returned a guilty verdict on all counts. Though some saw reason for hope in this verdict, the deeper problems and societal prejudices that continue to tarnish police and minority interactions have yet to be addressed.

To register, email [email protected].

WHEN: May 21, 2021; 2:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Via Zoom (link will be provided to registered journalists); register at [email protected]

WHO: The Association for Psychological Science has invited the following experts in race and crime, the science of racial bias, and human cognition.

Jennifer L. Eberhardt is a social psychologist at Stanford University. She investigates the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime and the extent to which racial imagery and judgments suffuse our culture and society, and in particular shape actions and outcomes within the domain of criminal justice. She is also APS President Elect.

Phillip Atiba Goff is the co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity and a professor of African American Studies and Psychology at Yale University. He is a recognized national leader in the science of racial bias and has pioneered scientific experiments that exposed how our minds learn to associate Blackness and crime implicitly—often with deadly consequences.

Keith Payne is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His lab studies how inequality shapes the human mind and explores why people sometimes act in prejudiced ways even when they intend to be fair. He also is author of The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

Tom Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His research explores the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with groups, organizations, communities, and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance, and cooperation.